SMEDA making efforts to lure locals to hone bee keeping



Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) has intensified efforts to attract the locals towards honey bee beeping business in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. For this purpose the authority is holding consultations with stakeholders. Most of bee keepers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA were Afghan refugees, majority of which had been repatriated back to their home land Afghanistan. To fill the gap created due to the repatriation of refugees, SMEDA has engaged the stakeholders including the public, private, and social sectors. In this regard a training session on “Honey Bee Keeping” was organized at Karak in collaboration with the Parmakhtug NGO of the district. Noor Islam Khattak, an Officer of National Agriculture Research Centre (NARC) trained the participants on the various aspects of the honey bee keeping during which the participants were told about the importance of the honey bee keeping, the honey flora, bee species, and apiary management. Saeed of Parmakhtug requested the SMEDA and NARC to organize comprehensive on field training and facilitate the new enterprises in shape of matching grants for honey colonies. In the concluding remarks Hafizullah Khan (Assistant Manager, SMEDA) thanked the trainer and particularly the participants for participating in the training session. He assured the participants that the SMEDA as per its role of capacity building will continue to promote the honey sector in the province and FATA.—APP