World Bee Day

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World Bee Day

  • May 20 is celebrated as World Bee Day. It is celebrated every year on this day, because in the year 1734, on 20 May, Anton Jansa, the founder of ‘Beekeeping’ was born. For this reason, the United Nations announced to celebrate World Bee Day on 20th May in the year The proposal to celebrate this day was presented by Slovenia.
  • This year, World Bee Day is celebrated under the theme “Be Engaged: Build Back Better for Bees”.

Efforts are being made by the government to promote beekeeping

  • Recently, the Government of India has allocated 500crore rupees for beekeeping as part of the “self-sustaining campaign”.
  • Under ‘National Beekeeping and Honey Mission- NBHM’, four modules have been made by ‘National Bee Board’. As part of this, 30 lakh farmers will be trained in bee keeping and they will also be provided financial assistance from the government.
  • The ‘Honey Mission’ has been started by the government, which is a part of the government’s ‘sweet revolution’.
  • It should be noted that India has recently become one of the top five honey producing countries in the world. In India, the production of honey has increased by 242 percent in the year 2017-18 as compared to the year 2005-06 and its exports have increased by 265

Importance of ‘Beekeeping’:

  • According to the ‘Food and Agriculture Organization’ report, in the year 2017-18, India’s production of honey was 9 thousand tons and India was ranked eighth in the world. In the same year, China’s production was 551 thousand tons and with such a honey production level, China was first in the world.
  • It is estimated that beekeeping may contribute significantly to achieving the goal of doubling farmers’ income by the year

Source – PIB

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