Khaadi rolls out Mobile Honey Processing Van
Chairman Saxena says one van can process 300 kg of honey in 8 hrs.
New Delhi, Jan. 7 (Delhi Crown): Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has rolled out a new Mobile Honey Processing Van, which can churn out up to 300 kg of honey in 8 hours.
KVIC chairman Vinay Kumar Saxena launched first such Van at village Sirora in Ghaziabad on Friday.
Designed in-house by KVIC at its Multi-disciplinary Training Centre at Panjokehra at a cost of Rs 15 lakh, it is equipped with a testing laboratory that would instantly examine the quality of honey.
The Mobile Honey Processing Van comes as a major development under KVIC’s Honey Mission which aims at training beekeepers, distributing Bee Boxes to farmers and helping rural, educated as well as unemployed youth to earn extra income through beekeeping activities.
This van will process beekeepers’ honey at their doorsteps, thus saving them the hassle and the cost of taking the honey to processing plants in far off cities for processing. While this will make beekeeping a more profitable business for small beekeepers, it will also maintain purity and highest quality standards of honey.
After launching the van, KVIC Chairman Saxena said that the Honey Mission aimed at increasing the honey production in the country and adding to the income of farmers and beekeepers.
“This innovative Mobile Honey Processing Van will serve multiple objectives. Besides reducing the honey extraction and processing cost to the beekeepers, it will also eliminate any scope for adulteration of honey as the processing will be done at the doorsteps of the beekeepers and farmers,” added Saxena.
Under Honey Mission, the KVIC has so far distributed nearly 1.60 lakh bee boxes across the country and created over 40,000 jobs.
In the Western Uttar Pradesh region alone, which has an abundance of flora, KVIC has distributed nearly 8000 bee boxes to farmers and beekeepers which has multiplied their income and increased the crop yield through cross-pollination, said a statement.