President Dr Arif Alvi has urged the need to increase the production of honey in Pakistan by utilising modern beekeeping gear and imparting training to beekeepers along modern lines.
Chairing a follow-up meeting on honey bee farming and harvesting at the President House, he said that the congenial climate and flora of the country provided a conducive environment for expanding beekeeping which had great potential to earn foreign exchange reserves and provide employment opportunities to youth.
The president said that the government was encouraging young entrepreneurs and providing them interest-free loans up to Rs500,000, under the Kamyab Jawan Programme to establish their own businesses. He urged the youth to take benefit of the opportunities as they could establish beekeeping business with limited investment.
Ministry of Climate Change and ARID University officials briefed the meeting about the steps being taken for the training of beekeepers and the development of the beekeeping sector in the country.
Chief Conservator Forest Department of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Ali Gohar told the meeting that his department would plant 6 million berry trees and 10 million Phulai (Acacia Modesta) trees to increase the yield of honey.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 29th, 2021.
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