KVIC distributes over 1 lakh bee-boxes under ‘Honey Mission’
• Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has distributed more than one lakh bee-boxes among farmers and unemployed youths across the country in less than two years under its ‘Honey Mission’ initiative.
• Significance: under this mission more than 10,000 new jobs and 25,000 additional man days have been created through the fabrication of bee boxes and honey extractors.
• Background: Honey Mission was launched in August 2017 in line with Prime Minister’s call for ‘Sweet Revolution’ in 2016 while introducing Banas Honey project at Deesa in Gujarat’s Banaskantha district.
• May 21 is celebrated as World Honey Bee Day.
About Honey Mission
• The KVIC had aimed to create jobs for youths giving them an adroit pair of hands.
• The KVIC has also provided beekeepers practical training about examination of honeybee colonies, acquaintance with apicultural equipments, identification and management of bee enemies and diseases, honey extraction and wax purification, and management of bee colonies in spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter seasons.
• Besides giving them certificates of trained bee-keepers, the KVIC experts also delved upon honey bee species, colony organization, division of labor and life cycle of honey bees.
• Being the nodal agency of Prime Minister Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP), the KVIC would provide loans for setting up units of processing, packaging and labelling units for the honey.
• PMEGP: PMEGP is a credit-linked subsidy programme launched by Ministry of MSME in 2008-09 for creation of employment in both rural and urban area of the country.