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“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.


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.


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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Atal Innovation Mission joins with several ministries to stimulate innovation in India

On February 5, 2020, the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) joined hands with several ministries such as MSME, agriculture, food processing and also with NITI Aayog to stimulate innovation in India. The mission aimed to showcase government funded innovations.


In order to achieve its objective, AIM began its first demo session with the Ministry of Food Processing and Ministry of Agriculture. The event was held at Atal Incubation Centre. More than 30 government supported technologies of agriculture and food processing were exhibited on the occasion. The ministries will adopt the technologies and train farmers and the youths to set up processing units.


The step is being initiated as India is facing post-harvest crop processing. The mission aims to increase the food processing capacity of India. Currently, 10% of the food items are sold as processed foods. The mission aims to increase this to 50%. This will mainly help to increase farmers’ income and help India achieve its doubling farmers’ income goal by 2022.

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