On the occasion of World Bee Day and in the context of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar today launched the project of setting up of a honey testing laboratory at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Pusa, New Delhi. On this occasion, Mr Tomar said, the Government of India under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is fully dedicated to the village – poor – farmers. He said, taking a historic decision to increase subsidies, the Prime Minister has not let the burden of increased price of fertilizer fall on the farmers.
Inaugurating the project, Mr Tomar said, production of honey is increasing in the country and its export is also going up. He said, efforts are also being made for good quality honey. The Minister said, small and medium scale farmers should come forward to take up this work so that their income can be increased. He said, this is why, Narendra Modi government has increased the pace in this direction. The Minister informed that Rs 300 crore have been approved for the overall promotion of National Beekeeping & Honey Mission NBHM, development of scientific beekeeping and achieving the target of sweet revolution.
Besides, Rs 500 crore have been allocated to NBHM by the Centre under the Atmanirbhar Bharat Campaign. A world-class state of art Honey Testing Lab has been established at National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), Anand with the help of Rs 5 crore. Apart from this, two more regional and big testing laboratories have been sanctioned with an amount of 8 crore rupees each for honey and other products of beekeeping.