24 May 2022, New Delhi: To make the people aware about the importance of pollinators, the threats they face and their contributions to the sustainable development, the United Nations designated 20th May as the World Bee Day to be celebrated every Year all over the globe.
The main goal of celebrating the day is to strengthen the measures aimed to protect the Bees and other pollinators which would significantly contribute to solving the problems related to the global food supply and eliminate hunger in the developing countries.
The ICAR Institutes also celebrated the day.
Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Palghar, Maharashtra
The Chief Guest, Dr. Lakhan Singh, Director, ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Pune, Maharashtra highlighted the role of the Bees in maintaining a balance between the humans, plants, animals and the environment. Dr. Singh also emphasized that without Bees, the food would be scarce and a vast portion of the population would perish from starvation. The need for creating the awareness about the significance of Beekeeping in the rural areas, villages and schools was stressed by Dr. Singh.
Earlier, delivering the welcome address, Dr. Vilas Jadhav, Head, KVK, Palghar underlined the various activities about the Beekeeping with their impacts. A total of 25 Master Trainers have been developed by the KVK for further capacity building and awareness creation.
More than 100 Farmers and Entrepreneurs participated in the programme.
ICAR-Directorate of Floricultural Research, Pune, Maharashtra
The Directorate organized an Awareness Programme on “Pollinators: Their Invaluable Services” to mark the celebrations of day.
The Chief Guest, Dr. K.V. Prasad, Director, ICAR-Directorate of Floricultural Research, Pune, Maharashtra outlined the scope for the conservation of pollinator fauna in the urban areas and farmland. The activities of the Directorate for the conservation of pollinator fauna and the scope of floriculture-based apiculture were also highlighted by Dr. Prasad.
The Guest of Honor, Dr. Jyoti Jadhav, Head, Department of Biotechnology, Shivaji University, Kolhapur, Maharashtra underlined the importance of the Honeybees and their invaluable services.
Dr. V.A. Bapat, Professor, Department of Biotechnology, Shivaji University, Kolhapur, Maharashtra highlighted the emerging issues about the pollinators and suggested to undertake a collaborative research programme on a few emerging areas of the pollinator research.
More than 75 participants participated in the programme.