Kerala State Farming Corporation (KSFC) – a full state government-owned company is our recent partners in developing apiculture as a hobby and sustainable livelihood practice. After several visits back and forth a partnership between us came into existence.
Justin Raj (Subject coordinator – Apiculture) conducted a five-day beekeeping training for the staff of KSFC. A total of twelve men and five women took part in the training. Justin gave them an introduction to beekeeping – types of bees, benefits of pollination, seasonal changes that take place in a colony, wax extraction and honey extraction.
At the end of this month, training on queen rearing and colony multiplication will take place. We look forward to continuing pieces of training to enhance the staff ability to manage their own apiary and transfer the same knowledge to indigenous communities in Kerala.