Apiary on Wheels- a holistic approach to address beekeepers’ challenges


New Delhi: The Union Minister of MSME Nitin Gadkari flagged off ‘Apiary on Wheels’ here on Thursday. This is a unique concept designed by KVIC for bees.

This project is aimed at upkeeping bees in boxes to manage Bee colonies.

Gadkari said: “Bee Keeping looks easy but has many intricate difficulties which only a beekeeper would understand. Apiary on Wheels will make the migration easy, the maintenance easy, easy feeding of bees and it will also help the bees to sustain even in extreme summers.”

The KVIC launched Honey Mission in 2017 and has been training beekeepers, distributing Bee Boxes and helping rural, educated but unemployed youth to earn extra income through beekeeping activities at their doorstep.

It has been continuously evolving new ways so as to make this process more easy and less laborious as  bee keeping involves laborious and mentally challenging tasks such as placing the bee boxes in a strategic position so as to provide enough nectar from flowers to the bees.

Apiary on Wheels is a platform which can carry 20 Bee Boxes from one place to another without any difficulty. Two large wheels on either side of the Apiary on Wheels and 4 separate compartments with independent doors, having 5 bee boxes each help the platform to remain intact without disturbing the live bee colonies.

The Apiary on Wheels is connected with a solar panel system which automatically triggers a fan inside the compartment as soon as the temperature reaches 35 degree centigrade or above.

The reports said as a pilot project the Apiary on Wheels will be placed near the mustard farms near Delhi border under the supervision of local bee keepers and KVIC.

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