In an inspiring feat to empower the Mishing tribal community in Assam, the Khadi and Village Industries Commisison (KVIC) has created a record by distributing 1,000 bee boxes on World Bee Day on May 20. Israel holds the previous record for distributing 841 bee boxes. However, KVIC aims to distribute 30,000 bee boxes by November 2018, of which 27,000 bee boxes have already been distributed.
The Mishing tribe, known for their hospitality and distinct social behaviour, constitute most of the tribal population in North-East India.
The mission of this initiative is to encourage bee-keeping, which will help in job creation, says KVIC Chairman VK Saxena.
The KVIC will provide loans for setting up units for processing, packaging, and labelling of honey. Our initiative has given a ray of hope for the tribals. Bee-keeping will also enhance the flora and fauna of the Kaziranga forest area via cross-pollination.
At Kaziranga, over 100 beneficiaries were given hands-on training on subjects like honeybee colonies, acquaintance with apiculture equipment, 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, said a report by The Hindu Business Line.
In a tweet, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant applauded their effort and said,
Excellent work done by
#KVIC in distribution of 1,000 bee boxes to the Mishing tribe in Kaziranga. This is a world record. Previous record was of 840 boxes by Israel. In a unique initiative, KVIC will buy back honey, wax, pollen, royal jelly and bee venom. Major earning 4 beneficiaries
Last year, KVIC had established a Khadi-cum-production centre, in partnership with the Assam Forest department. This feat led to empowering artisans from the Silimkhowa village in the region, with 25 charkhas and five looms.
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