Chennai, December 26, 2010: R. Sairam reports in The Hindu dated November 12, 2010 that the Dindigul police and the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) have taken up a joint initiative to provide training in beekeeping to the tribal people in the 10 southern districts constituting Madurai division in Tamil Nadu. Being economically poor, this section of the population is vulnerable to social discrimination and are prone to anti-social pressures. Beekeeping provides them a decent and sustainable livelihood.
The training includes honey extraction, collection of honey from wild bee colonies, beeswax rendering and bee sting treatment for arthritis. A total of 140 people are being chosen for the training, which is being given during November - December in batches of 20 each. Three batches are scheduled in the Kodaikanal region, three in the Kanyakumari district and one in the Theni district.
The police department is selecting the beneficiaries and the KVIC is providing financial assistance for the training programme.
The KVIC is also planning to provide market linkage to the trained tribal entrepreneurs with Sarvodaya Sanghs in the region. They will also get credit support under the Prime Minister's Employment Generation Programme to establish infrastructure and form self-help groups.