A series of events were held to commemorate the 1st Nagaland Honey Bee Day in a grand manner. Some of the main events held was the one day State Level Seminar, Exhibition Stalls from all the district VBKCs where honey was sold, Painting & Photography competition, sale of Nagaland Honey and by products, Apitherapy, Honey confectionaries, success stories and publication of Souvenir Book.
As a prelude to the celebration a Painting Competition with the Theme ‘Save the Honey Bees’ organized by NBHM on 16th November 2018 at Multi Utility Centre, 6th Mile Dimapur with the objective to sensitize the young minds on the importance of saving the honey bees for the betterment of our future and to encourage the student community to be the future custodians of the honeybees. The even witnessed 30 participants of Class 8 to 10, from 10 schools of Dimapur, actively participating in the contest. Judges for the Contest were Mr Wapang Ozukum Award winning painter, Sculptor, Monument Designer and specialist in life sketching and Mr Merimvu Doulo, Award winning Painter, Photographer, Logo & Landscape & Graphics Designer. The prize money for the Third prize was sponsored by INRIS India Foundation, Dimapur and the 3 consolation prizes was sponsored by Heritage Publishing House Dimapur. The winners of the contest were awarded with cash prizes and citations on the Nagaland Honey Bee Day by the Chief patron of the day.
A photography contest was also organized to encourage young budding photo enthusiast to use their talents for discovering the various nuances of beekeeping through their lens. The event was held with the theme “Beekeeping a way of life for the Nagas’. Around 50 photo entries were received from across the State. The judges for the event were ace photographers Mr Hopong Chang and Mr Onenjungshi who judged the winners. The prize money for this contest was sponsored by State Bank of India, Diphupar Branch, The Portrait, and Innovations printers. All the winners from this event was felicitated with their cash prizes and citations on the Nagaland honey Bee Day
The inaugural program of the first Nagaland Honey Bee Day was held with Shri Neiba Kronu Honorable Minister, Planning & Coordination as the Chief patron while Shri Mhathung Yanthan Advisor Horticulture and Former Team Leader was the Special Guest. It was attended by Chairman NBHM, Shri Ntsemo Ngullie, Advisor NEC, Deputy Commissioner National Horticulture Mission and various other government officials from Agriculture & Allied departments, Partner Organizations like TRIFED, NABARD, NECTAR and beekeepers from all 11 districts.
Highlights of the inaugural programs was the releasing of the Souvenir book by the Chief patron, sharing of success story, retrospective, special song, Bee Dance performance by Nsong cultural group, Felicitation of District Level awards for ‘Best Beekeepers’ and ‘Best Village Beekeeping Committee’ and the State Level award for ‘Best Beekeeper’ & ‘Best Village Beekeeping Committee’. And the inauguration of the Exhibition stalls from various districts.
Different kinds of Honey from all 11 districts of the State were put up for sale along with Bee boxes and equipment’s, honey confectionaries, Apitherapy and many other items which were sold to eager buyers and customers who made a bee line for the honey stalls.
A one day Seminar on ‘Beekeeping and Honey Prospects in Nagaland- Potentials, Challenges, Solutions and the Way Forward was held with Sustainable Development Forum of Nagaland (SDFN) as co-partner with support from GIZ.
The seminar was graced by Shri Mhathung Yanthan Advisor Horticulture as the special guest. Principal Secretary Horticulture Shri M. K Mero delivered the key note address. While Team Leader NBHM Shri T. Imtiwabang Aier gave the welcome address.
Advisor (Agri & Allied) NEC Shri Iboyaima Meitei and Dr Naveen Patle Deputy Commissioner National Horticulture Mission also gave short speeches in the inaugural session of the Seminar.
An Audio visual presentation on the interventions of NBHM was also presented in this session, while vote of thanks was delivered by Team member Nzanbemo K Lotha.
In the 2nd session, experience sharing on Beekeeping were shared by NBHM Team member Letgong Patrick, Mr Kharel Ghanashyam Project Coordinator GIZ CCA-NER Sikkim, Ms Dhara Patel Team Leader of Under the Mango Tree (UTMT) Gujarat and Mr Jose Louise Deputy Director Wild Life Trust of India where collective learnings took place about the scopes, opportunities, challenges, beekeeping experiences, role of beekeeping ecosystem in poverty reduction and increasing livelihoods and practitioners perspectives on beekeeping and need for policy support. Also a research findings of the pollination potentials of stingless bees (Tetragonula irridipennis Smith) on horticultural crops under protected conditions was delivered by Prof H.K Singh of SASRD Nagaland University.
In the 3rd Session, Team Leader NBHM gave a presentation on issues and lessons learned and the way forward for NBHM. After which Mr Amba Jamir, Executive Director of SDFN moderated and facilitated an interactive session with active involvement of the beekeepers, officials and resource persons where important issues were deliberated, problems shared and suggestions were brought forward to come out with suitable recommendations for onward submission to the Government, National Bee Board and other competent authorities. The seminar ended with a vote of thanks by Bokali A Chikhe Team member NBHM. The rapporteurs for the Seminar were Ms Neilazono Terhuza Team member NBHM & Dr Thungben Yanthan Joint Director Animal Husbandry& Vety Science.
A musical extravaganza was also held in the evening with performance by renowned local musicians and artists.