National Beekeeping & Honey Mission (NBHM)

National Beekeeping and Honey Mission

About the National Beekeeping & Honey Mission

The National Beekeeping & Honey Mission (NBHM) is a scheme launched by the Government of India as part of the Atma Nirbhar Bharat package in 2020 to promote beekeeping and honey production in the country.

  • it is being implemented by the National Bee Board (NBB), which is an organization under the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare.
  • National Beekeeping & Honey Mission (NBHM) approved for three years from 2020 to 2023.
  • It is a central sector scheme (100% central government funding).
  • The objectives of the “Sweet Revolution” will be achieved through the overall development and promotion of scientific beekeeping in India through this mission.

Objectives of the National Beekeeping & Honey Mission (NBHM):

  1. To improve the livelihoods of beekeepers in the country by promoting beekeeping and honey production.
  2. To increase the production of honey and other bee-related products, to support the beekeeping farmers and other stakeholders engaged in beekeeping activities.
  3. To promote the development and use of modern beekeeping technologies that can increase the productivity and profitability of beekeeping.
  4. To provide training and capacity-building opportunities for beekeepers to improve their skills and knowledge in beekeeping practices.
  5. To support the setting up of honey processing and packaging units, to help improve the value addition and marketing of honey and other bee-related products.
  6. To promote the development of disease-free nucleus colonies of honeybees and promote honeybee health and to reduce the disease outbreak
  7. To promote beekeeping in the North-East Region and Himalayan states, which have a favorable environment for beekeeping and honey production
  8. To assist the State Governments and other stakeholders engaged in beekeeping activities by providing financial assistance through various modes
  9. To increase honey production and to promote honey exports.

Sub Schemes under National Beekeeping & Honey Mission

Mini Mission I

  • The adoption of scientific beekeeping for pollination will result in improved production and productivity of various crops through increased thrust.
  • It aims to create awareness about scientific beekeeping.

Mini Mission II

  • Here, the focus with a thrust to develop requisite infrastructural facilities, this Mission will concentrate on post-harvest management activities such as collection, processing, storage, marketing, and value addition for beekeeping and beehive products

Mini Mission III

  • This Mission will focus on generating research and technology that is suitable for different regions, states, agro-climatic conditions, and socio-economic conditions.

What is the Significance of Beekeeping

  1. Essential for crop pollination and increased crop yields
  2. Contribute to biodiversity by pollinating a wide variety of plants
  3. Can provide a source of income for small farmers and rural communities
  4. Can also serve as a hobby or leisure activity
  5. Helps to ensure food security
  6. Support other wildlife that relies on plants for food and habitat
  7. Improves the livelihoods of beekeepers and their families
  8. Provide income through selling honey, wax, and other bee products.

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