Its main objective is to create an end-to-end implementation framework for beekeeping skill development. This will provide employment to rural & urban unemployed youth. It enforces nationally acceptable standards of Good Beekeeping Practices (GPB). Meanwhile, it will develop a network of quality master trainers. It offers a passage for overseas market for hive products. It also enables pathways from novice beekeepers to viable commercial beekeeping by handholding to credit linkages. The scheme will promote convergence and coordination between all the stakeholders of beekeeping in India.
It was launched on August 2017 in line with PM’s call for ‘Sweet Revolution’ in 2016. He was introducing Banas Honey project at Deesa in Gujarat.
The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) provides practical training to beekeepers about examination of honeybee colonies, identification and management of bee enemies and diseases, honey extraction and wax purification, etc. It also trains in management of bee colonies in different seasons of a year.
So far, KVIC have created more than 10,000 new jobs and around 25,000 additional man days through fabrication of bee boxes and honey extractors. KVIC would provide loans for setting up processing units, packaging units and labelling units for honey.
- Recently, KVIC designed ‘Apiary on Wheels’. Upkeeping and migration of Bee Boxes having live Bee colonies becomes easier.
- It’s an attachment that can be easily connected with a Tractor or a Trolley and may be pulled to any suitable destination.
- This design reduces the labour and cost of maintaining and upkeeping Bee Boxes and live bee colonies across India.
Production of healthy honey and wax, and bee-keeping would open many job opportunities for unemployed youths and also for aspiring young entrepreneurs. Under mission till date about 246 metric tonnes of honey has been extracted through these bee-boxes valuing over Rs 4 crore. Earlier on 21 May 2018 on occasion of World Honey Bee Day, KVIC distributed 1,000 bee-boxes among 100 Fishing tribe in Kaziranga forest area in Assam and created a new world record of distributing maximum number of bee boxes in a single day.
About Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC)
It is a statutory body formed under ‘Khadi and Village Industries Commission Act of 1956’ by Government of India. It is an apex organisation under Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME). KVIC is nodal implementation agency of Prime Minister Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) at national level. PMEGP is a major credit-linked subsidy programme being implemented by MSME Ministry since 2008-09 and will Continue till 2019-20. It aims to generate employment in India’s rural and urban areas.