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Honey talks to sweeten farmersí prospects

- Bihar Agriculture University to organise fourth foundation day tomorrow

Chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi would inaugurate the 4th foundation day-cum-national seminar on quality honey production for livelihood at Bihar Agriculture University (BAU), Sabour, on Tuesday.

According to university vice-chancellor M.L. Choudhary, agriculture minister Narendra Singh and principal secretary of agriculture department Amrit Lal Meena would accompany the chief minister.

Several public representatives from the eastern Bihar districts would be present at the function that would be organised on the Sabour campus, around 8km from the Bhagalpur district headquarters.

ďFormer chief minister Nitish Kumar had inaugurated the university on August 5, 2010. Since then, the institution has proved vital mainly for farmers. They have enhanced their skills for better yield through scientific assistance from the university,Ē the vice-chancellor said.

He added that during the past few years, the university has created records in fields of education, agriculture-related issues, scientific research, community services by particularly encouraging people in backward areas and Maoist-hit pockets for better livelihood.

Bihar Agriculture University has bagged several national and international awards for its work in the field of agriculture.

Krishi calendar, a yearly schedule for farmers with suggestions for agriculture activities and Krishi Choupal, an assembly of tillers organised by BAU in remote villages where experts from the university discuss problems and solutions related to farming, are some of the initiatives that have brought laurels for the institution.

Keeping in view the grand success of Krishi Choupal, the Union government is considering implementing it national wide, Choudhary said.

On the quality of honey production for livelihood, R.K. Sohane, the director of extension education in BAU-Sabour, said: ďThe university would bring international market experts on honey, noted honey producers and rural farmers on the same platform hoping for some fruitful outcome. The seminar would be very important for small-scale honey farmers.Ē

Elaborate security arrangements would be in place on the campus during the chief ministerís visit on August 5. Because of the ensuing model code of conduct in the state, the programme would see limited guests and university officials.

Participation of common people would be restricted, the source said.

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