KVIC Current Affairs - 2020

“Apiary on Wheels” launched: A Unique Concept to help bee keeping, achieve National Honey Mission

On February 13, 2020, the Ministry of MSME (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) launched “Apiary on Wheels”. It is a unique concept framed by KVIC (Khadi and Village Industries Commission). The main aim of “Apiary on Wheels” is to make migration easy.

Highlights

Apiary on wheels is an approach to make beekeeping simpler. It is a platform to carry 20 Bee Boxes. The vehicle has 2 large wheels on either sides and 4 separate compartments to place the boxes.

It also has a solar panel that automatically powers a fan when the temperature inside the boxes reaches 35 degree Celsius.

Also, it is designed in such a way that it can easily be connected with tractors or trolleys.

As a beginning, they are to be placed in mustard farms.

Significance

It addresses the challenges faced by the beekeepers. Bee keeping involves laborious and mental challenges such a placing the bee boxes in strategic positions, migrating the bee boxes and fulfil the nourishment needs of the bees. The Apiary on Wheels addresses all the above issues.

The concept was launched as a part of National Honey Mission launched in 2017

National Honey Mission

The mission since its launch has been training beekeepers, educating unemployed youths, distributing bee boxes. Under the mission, KVIC provides training and awareness to Bee farmers.

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First Silk Processing plant in Gujarat to boost “PATOLA SAREE” production

On January 3, 2020, the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) inaugurated the first “Patola Saree” production unit in Gujarat. This will help to cut down the cost of silk yarn production and also will increase the sale of raw material for Patola sarees.

Highlights

The silk production plant has employed 90 local women of which 70 belong to Muslim community. The installation cost of the plant was Rs 75 lakh and the KVIC operating under Ministry of MSME has contributed Rs 60 lakhs. The plant has been built in a backward district of Gujarat (Surendranagar district). The aim of the plant is to make silk readily available to Patola saree manufacturers to boost its production.

Patola Saree

Patola is the trademark saree of Gujarat. They are highly expensive and were once worn only by royal aristocratic families. With the new plant, the cost is expected to come down.

The idea behind the installation of new plant is to buy cocoon from the states of Karnataka and West Bengal and process them in the plant. This will help reduce the cost of production to a great extent.

Among all silk varieties in India, Patola sarees are among the top 5 silk sarees.

History

The Patola silk was founded by the Salvi caste (Scheduled) in the states of Maharashtra and Karnataka. They moved to Gujarat in 12th century in order to acquire patronage of Rajputs.

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