Tuesday, December 02, 2008

India to Produce Royal Jelly, Bee Venom

UP Could Become Largest Producer of Honey

Lucknow (IANS): The buzz is Uttar Pradesh could become the largest producer of honey in India in the next 10 years with some encouragement. Apiculture and horticulture experts say conditions in the state augur well for beekeeping.

"As the state has a variety of flora and crops, honey could be produced here throughout the year. States like Bihar and Jharkhand tribals are doing exceptionally good," said R.K. Lakra of the Indian Council of Agriculture Research.

He was among the experts from across the country assembled at the Narendra Dev University of Agriculture and Technology (NDUAT) in Kumarganj, 110 km from here, Saturday…

Basant Ram, vice chancellor of NDUAT, told IANS: "At present Uttar Pradesh is producing 3,000 tonnes of honey per year and this could exceed 30,000 tonnes in the next 10 years."

"Besides honey, we are also planning to produce wax, royal jelly and bee venom in the coming years," he added…

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