kvic beats its own world record
The function of Khadi and village industries commission (KVIC) in the Zangalee Army area at Kupwara proved that the records are meant to be broken.
On the occasion of World Honey Bee Day, KVIC, in less than a month's time, made a new world record of distributing maximum number of bee-boxes, i.e. 2330 bee-boxes in a single day – beating its previous record of 1000 bee boxes which were distributed in Kaziranga forest area among Mishing tribe.
The KVIC distributed those 2330 bee-boxes among 233 beneficiaries, in association with Indian Army's Sadbhawna Programme.
Addressing the gathering, the Chief Guest of the programme, Kavinder Gufta, Deputy Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, said that the KVIC's programmes could generate millions of jobs in the valley through Prime Minister's 'Make in India' mission. "This Honey Mission of KVIC will certainly script a new chapter of development in Jammu and Kashmir," he added.
The Chairman of KVIC, Vinai Kumar Saxena, in his address, said that KVIC's 'Honey Mission' is aimed to fulfil the call of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had said 'Nation needs a sweet kranti after shwet kranti' at a function of Banas Dairy on December 10, 2016.
He further said that in present times, when sustainable development and job creation have become the buzzwords of the hours, what better enterprise can be better than bee-keeping, which is low-investment and low input business mechanism.
KVIC member (North Zone) Dr Hina Shafi Bhat, who had herself monitored the entire process of this bee-boxes distribution programme, said that the programme was aimed to fulfil the mission of the Prime Minister, to provide jobs to the unemployed youths at their doorsteps. "I am sure that under KVIC's Honey Mission programme, we will not only provide jobs to them – but also give them a proper platform for branding and marketing of Kashmir's honey at global level," she said.
Major General C. B Ponappa VSM GOC Vajra Division Kupwara, in his address, said that such developmental programmes could play a pivotal role in establishing peace and harmony in Jammu and Kashmir.
In Kupwara District training was conducted in association with Indian army. Indian army not only helped in proving training but also provided 10 percent of own contribution to the beneficiaries for setting up their own apiaries, thereby providing them the platform for earning their livelihood.
Besides giving them certificates of trained bee-keepers, the KVIC experts also delved upon honey bee species, colony organization, division of labor and life cycle of honey bees; management of honey bee colonies during different seasons.