According to Prof Dr. Qamaruz Zaman, Vice-Chancellor of Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University, Pakistan may significantly boost its honey output by creating regulations and new ecosystems.
As the principal guest at a three-day training workshop for beekeepers, Zaman stated that the university had successfully completed the pilot phase of Billion Tree Honey (BTH) after arranging the event.
The seminar was held by the Department of Entomology as part of the BTH Pilot Phase in conjunction with the Pakistan Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC). Its primary objective was to increase public knowledge of contemporary beekeeping methods.
Training in the control of honey bee plagues, seasonal management of honey bees, honey harvesting, storage and marketing, manufacturing of royal jelly, other hive products, and administration of honey markets was offered to participants in the workshop.
The vice-chancellor added that 35 beekeepers had been taught in contemporary beekeeping and that the results formed the basis for the preparation of the countrywide ‘Aspire Income and Rural Employment Programme’ megaproject.
Professor Zaman further stated, in cooperation with the MoCC, that the institution will set up the authorized ‘Bee Product Standardisation and Formulation Laboratories.’
The findings of these laboratories would be shared with business and government laboratories to scale up and market bee items, he continued.
Asia Amjad, the Guest of honor Member of the Punjab Assembly (MPA) remarked that the BTH project will not only promote the cultivation of tree plantations and sweets, but also the alleviation of deprivation.
She praised the university management for supporting the effort of the government and for playing a key role in strengthening Pakistan’s apicultural industry.
Prof. Fayyazul Hassan Sahi, Dean of the Faculty of Crop and Food Sciences, noted that beekeeping is an essential field for commerce.