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Villagers in Wokha trained on wild beekeeping

Participants along with resource persons and Forest Department officials during valedictory program

Dimapur, March 31: A course on wild beekeeping and processing, conducted by ENVIS Hub Nagaland (Host organisation-Nagaland Pollution Control Board) under Green Skill Development Program (GSDP), concluded on March 30.

A press release from Forest Department on Wednesday stated that the 25-day course, from March 5 to 30, was conducted in Wokha in collaboration with Wokha Forest Division, with resource persons from Nagaland Beekeeping and Honey Mission (NBHM). Altogether, 30 participants from 16 villages attended the course.
The topics covered during the course included beekeeping in Nagaland, bee biology, honey and its by-products, apiary establishment and management, maintenance of beehive, capturing techniques and method of rearing Apiscerena and Apisfloreacolony, maintenance of bee colony records, uniting and division of colony, transfer of bee colony, post-harvest management of honey and bee wax, properties and uses of honey, methods of honey extraction and bee wax from comb, honey packaging and labelling, marketing and certification of honey. These topics included both theory and practical sessions.
Field trips were also conducted to Nerhema village, Kohima village and Mima village under Kohima district, and Chuzo Basa and Khuso village in Phek district. During the field trips, participants had the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning on scientific beekeeping as well as underground beekeeping, among others. They also learned how farmers in these villages have been able to earn livelihood solely through beekeeping.
The valedictory programme was held on March 30 at Community Hall, Forest Colony, Wokha. The resource persons for the course were Nzanbemo K Lotha, Apiculture Officer & Team Member NBHM, and Mhathung Tsopoe, Horticulture Inspector & Team Member NBHM. Certificates were given to the participants, along with beekeeping equipment such as bee boxes, honey extractors, veils and swarm bags.
Renphamo Murry from Longidang village was awarded the topper of the batch, followed by Soyamo T Humtsoe from Wokha village.
Chisayi, IFS, DFO Doyang Plantation Division, encouraged the participants to continue with their good performance, to grab the opportunity and make beekeeping a success story for the district of Wokha. He also conveyed his sincere thanks and appreciation to Dr. Kenei Miachieo, CF STC, Member Secretary Nagaland Pollution Control Board & ENVIS Coordinator, ENVIS Hub, Nagaland for providing the people of Wokha the opportunity to learn and train in wild beekeeping and processing, and also to Zuthunglo Patton, DFO Wokha for making the course possible. (Page News Service)