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Israel Supports Beekeeping Project in Ramechhap

Sep 20 2017 | 04:42 pm
Kathmandu: The “Launching Ceremony of Beekeeping Project” of the Israeli INGO, Tevel b’Tzedek, was held today. The project is being supported by MASHAV-Israel’s Agency for Development Cooperation through the Embassy of Israel in Nepal.

Former Israeli Ambassador to Nepal Hanan Goder (third from right), Country Director of Tevel b’Tzedek and other dignitaries during the launching ceremony of Beekeeping Project of the Israeli INGO, Tevel b’Tzedek, that was held today on 20 September 2017.

The proposal submitted by a MASHAV Alumni Pradeep Neupane, who attended the MASHAV course on “Modern Apiculture Management: Honey, Byproducts and Pollination” in 2016, succeeded in getting the MASHAV support of NRs. 1 million.

During the ceremony, a short video presentation about the project was shown. There was a poster
presentation and the demo on using bee-hive equipment. The program concluded with the joyous
event of dipping apple in the honey to evoke sweet New Year coinciding with the Jewish New
Year-Rosh Hashana and Nepali festival-Dashain.
Expressing happiness to see the success of the project, Hanan Goder, Former
Ambassador of Israel to Nepal said, “The work that Tevel b’Tzedek is doing is very important
because, it is doing Sustainable Development. The direct involvement of farmers in the project is
worth mentioning as it’s a rare cooperation between the state, the INGO and the private sector.”
He further mentioned, “Agriculture is not a hobby. It’s a profession and business. You invest
thus, you get return.”
Dr. Bishnu Chapagain, Country Director of TEVEL NEPAL said, “If agriculture goes wrong,
nothing will be right. Bee is a beneficial insect, very effective for plant pollination and its
product is highly nutritious and medicinal value”.
Pradeep Neupane, Agriculuture Program Coordinator of Nyayik Sansar and MASHAV
Alumni said, “Bee Keeping is a very important business for rural community which has a
capacity to uplift their socioeconomic condition.’
Under this project, 46 farmers from deprived communities with limited traditional beekeeping
knowledge are getting benefitted who will get a Special 10 Days Long Beekeeping practical
oriented advanced training later.
Each trained farmer receives 3 Apis mellifera bee colonies with modern bee hives along with necessary tools for modern bee keeping. These bee keepers will constantly mentored by project Bee Technicians and Bee Expert on farm level. Necessary training and exposure visits will also be made available to the bee keepers for honey harvesting, processing and marketing. This project has expected that each bee keeper will earn additional income of Rs 100,000 per year and their bee colonies reached 20 by the end of the project period.
Sunapati Gaupalika is recognized as Organic Honey Producing Area in Ramechhap. Within a
three year period there will be at least 100 commercial bee keeper.


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