The benefits of propolis, honey and other bee products on World Bee Day and the important role of this petal insect in agriculture and horticulture will be discussed. A member of the National Bee Board (BDC) gave this information on the eve of the event. Researchers have tested the properties of enhancing resistance to infections such as covid-19 in Propolis. Executive Member of the board Devvrat Sharma told PTI language, “On May 20, World Bee Day”, the benefits of all the bee products, the role of bees in increasing production and the possibilities of providing new business opportunities to farmers along with farming. Also said that Most recently, IIT Delhi and Japan’s Industrial Science and Technology Institute claims the Ayurvedic medicine Ashwagandha and the bee product Propolis to be effective in preventing the covid-19 epidemic.
World Bee Day is observed on 20 May each year. Incidentally, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a relief package of 20 lakh crores, in which the Finance Minister also included the bee keeping business on the fifth day. Beekeeping promotes cross-pollination and biodiversity in crops with honey, wax, pollen, royal jelly, muted venom. This will provide employment to migrant laborers, farmers, women.Bees pollinate more than 70 percent of the world’s agricultural and horticultural crops. Pollination on these increases the yield up to 40 per cent in oilseeds, 30 in pulses, 20 in vegetables, 500 in carrot seed production, 900 in oranges, 200 per cent in guava and 10,000 times in lychee.
Consumption of honey is effective in strengthening the human immune system. Indian Vegetable Research Institute (IIVR) has also done research on it. Honey is the main source of vitamins and mineral salts (calcium, manganese and potassium). Nutritionally, half a kg of honey provides 3.21 liters of milk, four kg of cheese, 0.85 kg of meat, 1.07 kg of fish, 29 eggs and 23 oranges. Farmers keep bees. Use of safe pesticides with registration in the National B Board is beneficial. Antibiotics in the hives and stainless steel or food grade plastic containers should be used for storage. The country gets 36-40 kg of honey per box from two lakh registered beekeepers. The availability of honey in the country is 10 grams per person per day, whereas it should be 50 grams.
More than 50 farmers are beekeeping in the district. The smallest farmer also has more than 10 boxes. 100 boxed farmers are also associated with this employment. Last year, 200 boxes and Rs 3.20 lakh grant were given. There are also plans to provide grants and boxes for migrant workers. This employment can be started with 10 boxes at the door itself where 80 thousand help is given on buying fifty boxes.