Youths to promote bee farming in Pemagatshel

Pemagatshel: Considering the importance of bee farming towards food security, the Dzongkhag Livestock Sector, Pemagatshel trained 27 school dropout youths from seven gewogs and 10 livestock staff on hands-on training on beekeeping from 15-21 November. The trained youths will be the ambassadors to promote bee farming in the Dzongkhag.

The technical backstopping for training was provided by the National Highland Research and Development Centre, Bumthang while the fund was supported by the Dzongkhag Development Grant (DDG).

During the certificate awarding ceremony, Dasho Dzongda committed to support the new initiative in the Dzongkhag as bee farming can create employments for youths besides providing other benefits. He instructed the Finance Officer to liaise with the livestock sector to work out the action plan and budget from the DDG.

‘Apiculture will gain momentum in the Dzongkhag with the appointment of youth ambassadors,’ said the Deputy Chief Dzongkhag Livestock Officer. He is optimistic that with the committed support from the Dzongkhag, bee farming can be an important commodity to enhance the livelihood of the rural population.

For university graduate, Phuntsho Namgay from Khar village, the training has been a blessing in disguise. He shared that he is curious to start the beekeeping with at least 20 colonies. He is keen on earning an additional income from bees besides from his services as a community artificial inseminator. Female participants were also equally enthusiastic to take up the beekeeping for self-employment. Participants shared that beekeeping is not difficult if they ensure a friendly environment for bees to produce honey.

Meanwhile, the sector will be supplying beehives and other equipment to participants and accordingly bees will be transferred. The sector will work closely with the trained youths to promote apiculture in Dzongkhag.

Similar training will be convened at Nanglam next month to cover the remaining 4 gewogs while the advance course on beekeeping will be organised next year.

Submitted by Yonten Dorji, Livestock Production Officer, Pemagatshel

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