GUWAHATI, Aug 17 - Keeping in view the importance of honey production for doubling the farmers� income by 2022, the Directorate of Horticulture and Food Processing, Assam has decided to celebrate the World Honey Bee Day, in collaboration with the Salt Range Private Limited, Guwahati on August 19 at the Momai Tamuli Barbarua Training Hall, Khanapara here.
The event is being organised under the Horticulture Mission for North East and Himalayan States (HMNEH).
State Agriculture Minister Atul Bora will inaugurate the programme on August 19 at 10.30 am.
Honey available in Assam has huge demand for its uniqueness and natural sweetness. As varieties of flowering plants are available in this region, the taste of honey produced here differs from plant to plant. Honey obtained from litchi flowers is the sweetest.
Honey available in the State is obtained from litchi, mango, eucalyptus, mustard, coconut, drumstick, jamun, orange, etc. Honey obtained from amloki (Indian gooseberry) and hilikha is bitter in taste and is believed to cure breathing problem.
Several bee keepers will attend the programme, which will have technical and interactive sessions for the benefit of bee keepers.
KK Mittal, Additional Chief Secretary and Agricultural Production Commissioner, and Amlan Baruah, Commissioner and Secretary to the Government of Assam, Agriculture Department, will also take part in the programme.
As part of the Honey Bee Day celebration, training for bee keepers will also be organised at the Centre of Excellence for Offseason Vegetables, Khetri, tomorrow.
Our Jalukbari Correspondent adds: The Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship will celebrate World Honey Day on August 19 at the Guwahati Press Club with a two-hour programme. World Honey Day is celebrated on the 3rd Saturday of August every year.
The main objective of the celebration is to generate awareness about the honey industry, through education and promotion, bee keeping and honey processing activities and its prospects as an economically viable venture in every village of the NE states.
The celebration will include various activities like demonstration of scientifically made bee boxes and exhibition of honey products processed by entrepreneurs trained by IIE.