Like bees to flowers, Bharatpur takes to apiculture


  • Sweet buzz: Beekeeping gives farmers an extra income and increases crop yields significantly. - Kamal Narang
    Sweet buzz: Beekeeping gives farmers an extra income and increases crop yields significantly. – Kamal Narang
  • Landless and marginal farmers turn beekeepers in this leading centre for honey production

    Go closer to the lush golden fields that extend as far as the eye can see and you realise what makes Rajasthan’s Bharatpur district buzz. The fields in this leading mustard-producing district are flooded with the iconic yellow flower, with hundreds of bees hovering over the petals. Yes, this region is the second-largest producer of honey in the country, generating 1,200 tonnes annually from 3,200 beekeepers, most of them young with none or marginal land holdings.

    While beekeeping as an agri-based livelihood requires low inputs and yields high profits, it requires training and the willingness to migrate to cooler climes in search of other crops and plantations in the summer months.

    For the farmer, the expansion of apiculture (honeybees carrying out cross-pollination of yellow mustard flowers) has more than one advantage — it helps in increasing the crop yield by as much as 20 to 25 per cent and the entire family can get into the beekeeping business. However, this was not what farmers believed in the late 1990s when beekeeping was introduced in the region. It was the brainchild of Lupin Human Welfare & Research Foundation when it went in search of non-farm occupations for rural India.

    “We chose Bharatpur district for development as it was equidistant from Delhi as well as the State capital Jaipur,” says Sita Ram Gupta, the Executive Director who joined the project way back in 1989. An initiative of pharmaceutical major Lupin’s Chairman Dr Desh Bandhu Gupta to give back to society, the Foundation, he recalls, negotiated social and political hiccups in the various livelihood programmes it started, seeing success in many and failure in some.

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Bajura sees over Rs 1b poured into micro hydro


BAJURA, JAN 04 – The district has witnessed an investment of over Rs 1 billion in micro hydropower projects.

Of the total 49 such projects, 29 projects (1.16MW combined) are already in operation, illuminating remote villages of the district. Once the under-construction projects are completed, the district will generate 2.33MW energy. Total investment has reached Rs 1.14 billion. Although the estimated cost of per MW energy was around Rs 165,000, most of the projects seem to have exceeded the amount.

These projects has brought a significant change in the lives of the general people. “The availability of energy has made a significant impact on our lives. It has helped us in many ways,” Bishu Aidi, a resident of Kailashmandu VDC, said.

Villages like Manakot, Kolti, Pandusen, Dogdi, Jay Bageshwari, Gudukhati, Kotila, Kuldevmandau, Budhiganga, Kada, Dahakot, Toli, Aatichaur, Chhatara, Martadi, Jugada, Kailashmandau and Baghu are largely load-shedding free.

“There is no load-shedding, unless these projects have to undergo repairing,” Ratan Bahadur Aidi, another local said. Around 11,000 families from the district have been benefited by these projects. Once the under-construction projects complete, 23,000 families (almost 90 percent) will get the facility.


India waiting for an energy revolution: Expert

Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jan 3:

India is waiting for an energy revolution as it had witnessed the green and white revolutions impacting the country’s food and milk production in the past to ensure both economic development and environmental sustainability, an eminent expert said on Friday.

“While India recorded the fourth largest energy consumption in the world, it was also the planet’s third most polluting country in terms of carbon dioxide emission as 75 to 80 per cent of its electricity was generated using fossil fuel,” Prof Prem Chand Pandey, Emeritus Professor, Earth, Ocean and Climate Sciences at IIT, Bhubaneswar, said.

The global trend today was to evolve a zero carbon technology or carbon free energy generation for which India needed an energy revolution, Pandey said while speaking at the inauguration of the national conference on sustainable energy, micro and smart grid technologies organized by the SOA University.

The conference, sponsored by the Union Science and Technology department, was presided over by Prof Damodar Acharya, chairman, Advisory Board, SOA University.

Pointing out that the thermal generation of energy was polluting the atmosphere with serious climatic and environmental implications, Prof. Pandey said it was causing the rise in sea level and contributed to premature deaths in urban areas.

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