Rawalpindi: A three-day training workshop on queen rearing and modern beekeeping organized by the Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) concluded on Sunday.
Beekeeping is a profitable business and production can only be increased by taking strict measures to control deforestation and the use of pesticides in agriculture, the experts said during their address.
They said the government should help beekeepers by improving the industry in the value chain and facilitating their access not only to domestic markets but also to overseas markets.
The workshop was organized by the PMAS-AAUR Department of Entomology as part of the Billion Tree Honey Initiative project, with the aim of raising awareness of value-added bee products and providing excellent orientation for starting beekeeping as a hobby and a profitable business.
Vice Chancellor of PMAS-AAUR Prof. Dr. Qamar-uz-Zaman was the main guest while more than 30 attendees including professional beekeepers, people interested in starting beekeeping, students and researchers of R&D organisations, attended the workshop.
Participants received hands-on training on queen rearing, post-harvest loss reduction, colony management, honey extraction techniques, nutrition, pests and diseases and pollination of entomophilous crops, etc. .
Addressing the participants, Dr. Qamar uz Zaman, while emphasizing the importance of bee flora and fauna, said that beekeeping should be promoted in the country and added that the workshop is an excellent orientation for those who start beekeeping as a profitable business.
He appreciated the efforts of the Department of Entomology in organizing this workshop and wished that the Department continue its efforts in the future by organizing this type of training sessions.