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PIB Daily – 15th February 2020 – IASToppers

Indian National Organic Festival; Apiary on Wheels; Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC);
By IASToppers
February 15, 2020

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Government Schemes & Policies

  • Apiary on Wheels
  • National Organic Festival

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Government Schemes & Policies

Apiary on Wheels

Union Micro, Small and medium Enterprises (MSME) Minister recently flagged off the ‘Apiary on Wheels’, a unique concept designed by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), for the easy upkeep and migration of Bee Boxes, having live Bee colonies.

About Apiary on Wheels:

  • Apiary on Wheels is a platform which can carry 20 Bee Boxes from one place to another without any difficulty or disturbing the live bee colonies.
  • It is connected with a solar panel system which automatically triggers a fan inside the compartment as soon as the temperature reaches 35 degrees centigrade or above and has sugar drips which helps to feed the bees in the summer season.
  • It is like an attachment which can be easily connected with a Tractor or a Trolley and may be pulled to any suitable destination.
  • This concept of migration, cooling with the help of solar panels and sugar drips with zero risk to the lives of bees, will prevent any damages to the bee boxes or bee colonies and help produce quality honey.

Significance:

  • 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.
  • Apiary on wheels is a holistic approach to address the challenges faced by the beekeepers.
  • It is designed so as to reduce the labour and cost of maintaining and upkeeping Bee Boxes and live bee colonies across India.
  • This is expected to benefit maximum number of people in India and help generate livelihood at the doorsteps.

Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC):

  • The KVIC is a statutory body formed in April 1957 by the Government of India, under the Act of Parliament, ‘Khadi and Village Industries Commission Act of 1956’.

  • It is an apex organisation under the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.

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National Organic Festival

A three-day festival from February 21-23, 2020 is being organised at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi, as a joint initiative of Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) and Ministry of Women and Child Development.

Vision:

  • National Organic Festival is being organised with an aim to empower women and promote organic produce with a special focus on women entrepreneurs.

Theme:

  • Unleashing India’s Organic Market Potential.

Highlights of the fest:

  • Women entrepreneurs and SHGs from all over the country will be exhibiting their organic products in various segments such as fruit & vegetable, ready-to-eat products, spices and condiments, honey, cereals, dry fruits, beverages, medicinal plants, oil and value-added products like jam, jelly, etc.
  • Entrepreneurs and Self Help groups from 24 states are participating in the festival.
  • Apart from showcasing the organic products, the event will focus on facilitating business linkages and empowering women entrepreneurs through pre-arranged B2B (business-to-business) and B2G (business-to-government) meetings.
  • Other elements of the exhibition will include, organic food quiz, live culinary sessions, Chef speaks, cultural events, nukkad natak etc.

Capacity building:

  • Skill development capacity building training programs for women entrepreneurs and SHGs will be organized to facilitate post-harvest management, value addition and new innovations towards enhancing production efficiency as well to impart comprehensive knowledge about various aspects of the supply chain of organic products.
  • Training on packaging, marketing and innovations on renewable energy will also be imparted to help the producers cater to a broader consumer base.
  • Training on organic certification and FSSAI regulations will be organized as well to familiarize producers with the regulatory processes.

 India’s Organic Market Potential:

  • With 9th largest World’s Organic Agricultural land and largest number of producers India is fast growing in the organic food segment.
  • India produced around 1.70 million MT (2017-18) of certified organic products which includes all varieties of food products namely Oil Seeds, Sugar cane, Cereals & Millets, Cotton, Pulses, Medicinal Plants, Tea, Fruits, Spices, Dry Fruits, Vegetables, Coffee etc.
  • As per the Indian Organic Sector – Vision 2025 report, India’s organic business has immense potential to reach the INR 75,000 crore mark by 2025 from INR 2,700 crore (in 2015).

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