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A Handbook of Beekeeping

Dharam Singh (Author) Devender Pratap Singh (Author)
Synopsis Agriculture is the backbone of Indian economy. Nearly 70% of human population is dependent on Agriculture. In the initial plans, huge investments were made in agricultural research and development as a result of which India became self-sufficient in food grain production. Special emphasis were also given to develop various agro based enterprises like dairy, poultry, fish farming, sericulture and beekeeping with a view to maximize farm-income and self-employment. Out of these, beekeeping industry received inadequate attention resulting its poor development in India. It is a proven fact that beekeeping improves the economic condition of the farmers, restrict the migration of rural youth to urban areas and helps in holistic development of rural society. It is the only enterprise which did not create ant problem to the nature, does not require more capital investment and skilled labour. This profession can be successfully adopted by well to do as well as small marginal farmers, farm-women, landless laboures, rural unemployed youth and retired or in service personals. This enterprise has minimum land and structural requirement. Initial cost to start this profession is also very nominal and recurring cost in neglible. It is suitable for rural of human society. The honey bees play a vital role in upliftment of crop production through cross pollination. They can fly 50,000 miles and visit 5,000,000 blossoms to gather enough nectar to produce about 400 450 gm of honey, which is stored not for themselves but for the survival of the colony. It is estimated that India has 50 million hectares under cross pollinated crops that are benefited by Honey bees pollination 3 to 9 bee colonies per hectare are considered essential, then about 150 million colonies would be needed for assured Against this requirement, only 1 million bee-colonies are available at present. On the other hand, the population of wild insect pollinators is on the decline because of reduction in hibernating ad nesting places due to intensive agriculture, deforestation, cleaning of wastelands and indiscriminate use of pesticides. It is, therefore, considered necessary to promote and develop beekeeping industry in India for breakthrough in agricultural production, self-employment generation and socio-economic upliftment in rural areas. For proper beekeeping development in our country, it is very important to provide scientific proven technology of beekeeping to beekeepers and create mass awareness in potential areas at national level. Although, various books on beekeeping are available in India, but authentic, practical & precise information are still lacking for most of the Indian beekeepers. This manuscript is intended to provide practical information on various aspects in précised and digestible form. Various key issues have been discussed to make it very useful to very beekeeper, farmer student, scientist, planner and policy maker.
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About the authors

Dharam Singh

Dharam Singh Born in 1956 in Agra (U.P.), did B.Sc. Ag (Hons.) in 1978, M.Sc. Ag (Agronomy) in 1980, Ph.D. in 1993 and D.Sc. in 2003. He worked as Director (Research), Director (Agriculture Extension), Scientist-In-charge, Assistant Director, Senior Technical Officer and Technical Officer in different Organizations and presently holding the key position of Director General, Indian Medicinal Plants Marketing Federation (PSU). He served the nation as distinguished administrator, Planner, policy maker and agriculture architect for 37 years and developed several high yielding varieties, strains of composting worms, Phyto-hydro-absorbents for water scarce areas, Phyto-growth hormones and high valued Ayurvedic medicines. During his professional career, he has published 585 technical articles, authored 36 books, 112 booklets, 30 Evaluation Reports, 89 Project Reports, 180 leaflets & 86 folders and edited 252 volumes of scientific magazines as Editor. He delivered 171 talks at All India Radio & 92 at TV and presented 256 papers in National / International Seminar , Symposia & Conferences. For outstanding contribution, he was honored by S.D. National Integration Award (1992), National Van-Aushadhi Award (2001), National Honey Productivity Award (2003), Sarva Dharm Sadbhavna Award (2009), National Bio-Science Award (2010) & Environment Integration Award (2013). Presently, he is member of American Society of Agronomy (USA), International Society of Horticultural Sciences (Holland), Royal Horticulture Society (London), International Bee-Research Association (UK), National Honey Board (USA) and Animal Welfare Board of India and visited 62 countries.

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Devender Pratap Singh

Born in 1984 in rewari (Haryana). Presently working in Indian medicinal Plants Marketing Federation as Assistant Marketing Manager (Semi-processed medicinal and bee-products). He has practical experience of more than 10 years of beekeeping development and has taken up beekeeping activity as a mission and rural industry in Northern States. He has worked as Field Investigator in a project entitled “Integrated beekeeping development Project” of the federation and developed a new technique of honey processing called PR technique in which heating of honey is not required during processing. By this technique, honey is processed into high quality grade. He is Secretary general of SDMT (Non Govt. Organization), Honarary Welfare Officer of Animal Welfare Board of India, Govt. of India and member of National Honey marketing Board. He holds the political position in All India Youth Congress as Vice –President of South West District of Delhi in 2004. He has implemented NEAC Programme funded by Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India, Nutritional Garden development Programme funded by national Horticulture Board, Govt. of India and other various programmes sponsored by MCD, Delhi, Ministry of heath, Govt. of India and Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India and State Governments.

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Bibliographic information

Title A Handbook of Beekeeping
Format Hardcover
Date published: 16.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Agrobios (India)
Language: English
isbn 8177542397
length xxviii+291p.