Mushalpur. June 28 � A meeting of the Sparrow Bee-keepers� Association under the auspices of Green Environment Task Force, Nalbari was held at Bishnupur Khamrigaon near Barbari in Baksa district recently, in the presence of Debajyoti Biswas, DDM Nalbari, NABARD, Dr Mridul Deka, Programme Coordinaror, KVK Nalbari and Lohit Baishya, Branch Manager, AGVB, Barama.
Debajyoti Biswas, in his speech laid stress on the formation of farmers� producer organisation and on turning Bishnupur Khamrigaon village into a self sustaining and self -driven unit of honey bee production. Dr Mridul Deka, who had imparted training on scientific farming methods in bee keeping, to increase the yield apart from traditional practices, expressed happiness to see Khamrigaon village turning into a bee-village. Branch manager of AGVB, Barama assured all possible bank support to the beekeepers and the newly-formed SHGs. Over a hundred locals in addition to the guests attended the meeting.
Meanwhile, an exposure trip was arranged by the Green Environment Task Force for the beekeepers of the Sparrow Beekeepers Association on June 22. Ten beekeepers under the association were first taken to the honey processing centre of the Khadi Village and Industries Board, Guwahati where they were introduced to various methods of processing and labelling of honey. Later, they were taken to the Shanti Sadhana Ashram, Basistha, Guwahati to obtain first hand knowledge on small-scale industries, honey storage processing, bottling and labelling. The bee-keepers had an interaction with Hembhai, the head of the ashram, who shared his valuable experience and knowledge with them. They were also taken to the NABARD Regional Office for an interaction with its general manager S Saha and assistant managers Eleebon Teriang and Partho Saha.