Honey Testing Lab inaugurated at Anand, Gujarat
Honey Testing Lab Anand, Gujarat | On 24th July, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare ShriNarendraSingh Tomar inaugurated the ‘World Class State of Art Honey Testing Laboratory’ established by National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) in Anand (Gujarat) with support of National Bee Board (NBB), through Video Conference.
Why Required ?
Adulteration is a major problem in honey production and honey is being adulterated with high fructose corn syrup or rice, tapioca, sugarcane and beet syrup that are cheaper and resemble honey in physico-chemical properties. Establishment of this Honey Testing Laboratory will help for quality production of honey and its export to other countries.
Based on the parameters notified by FSSAI, the NDDB has set-up this world class lab with all the facilities and developed the test methods/protocols, which have been accredited by National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL). FSSAI has now notified new standards of Honey, Bee Wax and Royal Jelly.
National Bee Mission
Considering the importance of beekeeping and to achieve the goal of “Sweet Revolution” the need for holistic development of beekeeping was felt.
Accordingly, Govt. of India has launched a Central Sector Scheme entitled “National Beekeeping and Honey Mission (NBHM)” for overall promotion & development of scientific beekeeping and production of quality honey & other beehive products.
The scheme is implemented through National Bee Board as a Central Sector Scheme (100% funded by Central Government).
The NBHM has following sub-schemes/ three Mini Missions:
- Mini Mission-I: Under this Mission, thrust will be given on production & productivity improvement of various crops through pollination assisted by adoption of scientific beekeeping;
- Mini Mission-II: This Mission will concentrate on post harvest management of beekeeping/ beehive products including collection, processing, storage, marketing, value addition, etc. with a thrust to develop requisite infrastructural facilities for these activities;
- Mini Mission-III: This Mission will concentrate on Research & Technology generation for different Regions/ States/ Agro-Climatic and Socio-Economic conditions.
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