World Bee Day

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World Bee Day

Part of: GS Prelims and GS -III – Technology; Animal rearing

In news

  • May 20 is observed as World Bee Day annually.
  • 2021 theme: “Bee Engaged – Build Back Better for Bees”.

Key takeaways 

Efforts by the Indian government

  • Government is promoting Beekeeping as part of its aim to double farmers’ income.
  • The Government has allocated 500 crores towards Beekeeping under the Atma Nirbhar Abhiyan.
  • The National Bee Board has created four modules to impart training as part of the National Beekeeping and Honey Mission (NBHM) 
  • 30 lakh farmers have been trained in beekeeping. 
  • They are also being financially supported by the Government.
  • The Government has launched ‘Honey Mission’ as part of ‘Sweet Revolution’.

Do you know? 

  • India is among the world’s top five honey producers.
  • Compared to 2005-06 honey production has risen by 242% and exports have increased by 265%.
  • As per Food and Agricultural Organization database, in 2017-18, India ranked 8th in the world in terms of honey production (64.9 thousand tonnes) while China stood first (551 thousand tonnes).

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