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The Department of Entomology, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), simultaneously organized two five-day “Beekeeping Training Courses for Beginners” for scheduled castes of villages Burj Hari Singh wala and Nurpura, Ludhiana. A total of 50 trainees attended these trainings out of which 25 were women trainees.

Dr DK Sharma, Head, Department of Entomology, shared that the present beekeeping training courses were endeavored at providing livelihood to the underprivileged and unemployed rural youths of the State, thus, enabling them to earn a handsome livelihood for their social and economic security.

Dr Jaspal Singh, Principal Entomologist and Director of the Course, shared that experts dwelt on various aspects of beekeeping with focus on hive and apicultural equipment; seasonal bee husbandry practices; management of bee enemies and diseases; swarming, robbing and laying worker problems in honey bee colonies and their remedies; colony multiplication; and honey and beeswax extraction and their post-harvest handling.

Drs Amit Choudhary and Bharathi Mohindru, Technical Coordinators, informed that the trainees in these training courses were imparted practical knowledge through lectures, demonstrations and hands-on practice.

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