Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar established the Honey Bee Research and Training Centre (earlier as Model bee garden for Research and Training) on an area of 90 acres during June, 2013.
Honey Bee Research and Training Centre (HBRTC) is located in the sub-tropical zone at 28.97°N latitude and 79.41° E longitude and at an altitude of 243.8 m above the mean sea level in the “Tarai” region of Uttarakhand in Northern India. The location has sub-humid tropical climate and is situated in the foot hills of “Shivalik” range of the Himalayas. It has summer season from March to June with May being the hottest month (temperature rises up to 45.5 1.50C) and cold winter season from November to February with January being the coldest month of the area (temperature can be as low as 2.0 0.50C). The average annual precipitation is about 1574.2 mm out of which 80-85 per cent received during wet season from June to early October. Maximum relative humidity is around 80-90%, which is usually experienced during monsoon period which afterwards reduced to around 50% by May first week and remains in this proportion till June.
Establishment of bee research and training centre is to provide technical and scientific knowledge on beekeeping, bee products, quality bee stock and quality control of honey, value addition in bee products and processing and role of insect pollinators for the sake of the additional income generation to the farmers and to enhance the biodiversity in the state to improve the agricultural yield. Presently centre has three honey bee species Italian honey bee (Apis mellifera), Indian honey bee (A. cerana indica) and one stingless bee (Tetragonula iridipennis).
- Production and marketing of different types of honey i.e. Litchi honey, Mustard honey, Eucalyptus honey, Sunflower honey, Berseem honey, Jamun honey and multifloral honey throughout the year at centre.
- Production, processing and marketing of other bee products like pollen, wax, propolis and royal jelly.
- Stingless beekeeping with honey production and marketing.
- Mobilization and sensitization on the importance of bee keeping through trainings.
- Facilitate honey processing plant to the beekeepers at reasonable rate for quality production of honey.
|Name address of the centre||Honey Bee Research and Training Centre (HBRTC), GBPUAT, Pantnagar-263134 (U. S. Nagar), Uttarakhand, India|
|Name & designation of Associate Director||Dr. Poonam Srivastava, Associate Professor, Department of Entomology, College of Agriculture, GBPUAT, Pantnagar-263134 (U. S. Nagar), Uttarakhand, India.
|Address for the correspondence & requisition of bee products||Associate Director, Honey Bee Research and Training Centre (HBRTC), GBPUAT, Pantnagar-263134 (U. S. Nagar), Uttarakhand, India.|
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