Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar inaugurated the ‘World Class State of Art Honey Testing Laboratory’ in Anand, Gujarat through Video Conference. The laboratory was established by National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) with support of the National Bee Board (NBB). The move is in line with PM Narendra Modi’s vision to bring sweet revolution in India.
♦ The establishment of Laboratory will encourage large number of famers for production and marketing of Honey and earn more profit in agriculture.
♦ NDDB has set-up this world-class lab based on the parameters notified by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) with all the facilities and developed the test methods/protocols, which have been accredited by National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL). Now, FSSAI has notified new standards of Honey, Bee Wax and Royal Jelly.
♦ Centre aims to increase the income of farmers and the Bee-keeping enterprise has to play a major role in supplementing the income of farmers.
♦ Government of India is taking several activities to promote beekeeping under Mission on Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH), National Mission for Beekeeping being implemented through the National Bee Board and the States.
♦ GoI also aims to increase bee colonies, honey bee production, processing, marketing and export, which will significantly contribute in GDP and boosting the rural economy.