Rawalpindi - A profitable business such as beekeeping can be increased by controlling deforestation and pesticide use in agriculture. Moreover, the government should help beekeepers by improving the value chain industry and making their access easy for national and foreign markets, advised experts while addressing an inaugural session of three-day training workshop on queen rearing and modern beekeeping at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) on Tuesday.

The workshop was organised by PMAS-AAUR Department of Entomology under the project “Billion Tree Honey Initiative,” to give participants hands-on training in terms of queen breeding, reduction in post-harvest losses, colony management, honey extraction techniques, nutrition, pests and diseases and pollination, etc.

PMAS-AAUR Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr Qamar-uz-Zaman was the chief guest while more than 30 participants including professional beekeepers, people interested in beekeeping, students and researchers of R&D organisations attended the workshop.

On the occasion, Prof. Dr Fayyaz-ul-Hassan Sahi, Dean of Agriculture Faculty, Prof. Dr M. Naeem, Chairman, Entomology Department and Dr Muhammad Asif Aziz, Assistant Prof. Department of Entomology also addressed the participants and gave a brief introduction of beekeeping in Pakistan. Speakers also elaborated the diseases and mites and their management faced by honey bee farming.