Goas multi-floral arboreal plants give honey unique taste

Times of India | 5 months ago | 30-05-2022 | 04:44 am

Goas multi-floral arboreal plants give honey unique taste

Panaji: Goa is known for its multi-floral arboreal vegetation which produces some rare nectar. This is assimilated by bees resulting in production of uniquely flavoured honey, said noted apiculturist P Shaliyo. He was interacting with 21 participants from various parts of the state that attended his beekeeping training programme held recently at the Don Bosco Vocational Training Institute, in Quepem. While sharing his knowledge and experience on the subject, Shaliyo introduced the participants to the basics of bee biology and management of the Apis Cerana Indica breed bee colony. Shaliyo gave participants a practical demonstration in the institute’s apiary, which contains live beehive colonies. Some of the participants also handled the combs with live bees, which changed their concept of bee behaviour. “The role of bees for boosting agricultural and horticultural production cannot be underestimated. Due to research being done in recent years and the ensuing awareness, a sizable number of people across Goa have been attending beekeeping training programs, which are conducted almost twice a month at the institute,” the insititute’s director Fr Michael D’Costa said. D’Costa further informed participants about the various government scheme available which provides subsidy for purchasing beehive colonies. He also explained the procedure for applying for the same. Detailed information on beekeeping training and post training support may be obtained from Don Bosco’s VTI office on 7498689248. Interested participants canalso email donboscovti.quepem@gmail.com for necessary details.

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