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Daily Current Affairs – 2020

Topic: For Prelims and Mains

Honey Mission

Why in News?

The Honey Mission started by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic have a benefited the migrant workers.

About The Honey Mission:

  • In general terms, beekeeping refers to the human activity of controlling and handling bees.
  • A beekeeper is a person who raises bees for the purpose of collecting honey or other products.
  • It was launched in 2017 by KVIC with the purpose of creating employment for the Adivasis, farmers, unemployed youth, and women.

Key Points:

  • It is noteworthy that the government has allocated 500 crore rupees for beekeeping under the Self-Reliant India Campaign.
  • According to the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, honey production in India has now increased by 242 percent compared to the year 2005-06, while its exports have increased by 265 percent.
  • The increase in honey exports is a proof that bee-keeping will be an important factor towards achieving the goal of doubling farmers’ income by the year 2024.
  • The latest figures show that India is among the 5 largest producers of honey in the world, while in the year 2017-18, India was ranked eighth in the world with 9 thousand tonnes of honey production in terms of honey production.

Step taken by the Government:

  • The National Bee Board has created four modules for the training of beekeeping for the National Beekeeping and Honey Mission-NBHM, through which training of 30 lakh farmers in the country has given.
  • The government has also announced ‘Honey Mission’ under the ‘Sweet Revolution’, which consists mainly of four parts and will benefit the farmers immensely.

Fact for Prelims :

Mount Ili Lewotolok:

It was Erupted recently.

  • It is a volcano located in eastern Indonesia erupts.
  • The 5,423-meter (17,790-foot) mountain is one of the three currently erupting in Indonesia along with Merapi on Java Island and Sinabung on Sumatra Island.


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