CHF dean bats for beekeeping, mushroom cultivation

PASIGHAT, Sep 28: Dean of the College of Horticulture & Forestry (CHF) here in East Siang district, Prof BN Hazarika, advocated scientific beekeeping and mushroom cultivation to double the farmers’ income by 2022.
“The technical know-how and skills required for scientific beekeeping will be imparted to the farmers by the experts from the CHF,” the dean said during a ‘training-cum-awareness programme on scientific beekeeping’ and a ‘field day on mushroom’ which were conducted for the farmers and beekeepers of Miglung village on Saturday.
Prof DB Ahuja of the CHF’s entomology department highlighted the present scenario of the bee industry in the country and its prospects in the NE region.
Dr RC Shakywar from the All India Coordinated Research Project on Mushroom imparted hands-on training to the participants on mushroom cultivation, spawns, and value addition.
The extraction methods for honey, and ways to process and store honey were demonstrated by KVK scientist Toge Riba.
Sponsored by the National Bee Board, the programme was organized by the CHF. Ninety farmers attended it.