DBCA-Sulcorna sets up Bee-Boxes for farmers

Miguel Braganza
11 Jan 2019
Don Bosco Agro-Ed Complex

Students of DBCA distributing Bee-boxes to the farmer at Sulcorna, Goa

In an outreach to farmers through a NABARD-funded bee-keeping project, the Department of Entomology of Don Bosco College of Agriculture, Sulcorna, distributed Bee-boxes with live Bee colonies to farmers in neighbouring villages of Pirla and Molcornem in Quepem taluka and Rivona in Sanguem taluka. The individual farmers also made to contribute a part of the cost so as to have a stake in the well-being of the bee colony and its regular maintenance because his investment in cash is also there.

Students of T.Y. B. Sc (Agri) have been allotted the task to hand-hold each farmer till he masters the art of maintaining the bee-boxes free from ants and other pests as well as diseases and learns how to extract, filter, pack and market the honey. These students have learnt honey production hands-on the job at the college apiary and have conducted workshops in bee-keeping for farmers since the first one held in association with Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA), South Goa in August, 2017. These students will be at the college till the end of their fourth year and , hence, can be service providers to the target farmers for more than a year in the future.

The General Manager of the National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development (NABARD)- Goa Region, Kamakshi Pai and the DDM-South Goa, Sushil Naik, have evinced keen interest in supporting farmer outreach activities at DBCA-Sulcorna. A one-day training workshop on management of the deadly cashew stem and root borer (CSRB) beetle was held earlier. The students have also participated in identifying this insect pest at the Don Bosco Farm, Sulcorna, in the same Don Bosco Agro Ed Complex in which the college is located. Assistant Professor of Entomology Rajan Shelke, is coordinating these projects under the guidance of Director Fr. Allwyn D’Souza sdb, and the officiating Principal Satish Patil.

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