650 medicinal and aromatic plants identified under NBRM
Dimapur, June 19 (EMN): So far 650 identified medicinal & aromatic plants have been identified under Nagaland Bio Resource Mission.
This was informed by Keneiluo-ü Dzuvichü, team member, NBRM, during the district level training on prospects of honey bee keeping and awareness on M.A.P and its importance with respect to Nagaland, on June 14 at DAO Conference hall, Kohima. The programme was organised by ATMA Kohima.
Highlighting on the importance and conservation of medicinal and aromatic plants in the state which is available in plenty, she stated that one has to have knowledge about its benefit and uses.
Speaking on M.A.P and its importance with respect to Nagaland, She said Nagaland Bio Resource Mission was constituted in 2007 to achieve the objective for conservation of bio-resource.
DAO & PD, ATMA, Vizonyu Liezie in his keynote address said ‘honey bee is our friend’, which has many utility, boost our economy and also create employment opportunity.
Nagaland being a biodiversity hot spot has numerous medicinal and aromatic plants yet to be researched out. Hence an awareness and sensitization on MAP and its importance with respect to Nagaland needs to be shared, he stated.
In the technical session, Bodevi Shüya, team members, NHBM shared on the prospect of honey bee to the participants, where he said scientific bee keeping was practised since 300 years back and it is just a modification of traditional bee keeping. Before the introduction of scientific bee keeping, he informed that Nagaland could produce only 1100mt of honey, however, with the adoption of scientific bee keeping, the production has gone up to 3000-4000mt but it is still short for marketing. Out of 100% bee population in a hive, only 14% is considered to contribute honey whereas the rest act as pollinators, he added.
He stated that bees need proper housing or shelter and prefer cleanliness for best sustenance and survival. Different types of bee keeping such as over ground bee keeping, underground bee keeping, stingless modified hives were imparted to the participants.
Earlier the programme was chaired by Vimenuo, BTM Jakhama block while vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. Vibeilie, BTM Tseminyu block. Altogether 18 farmers attended the training programme.