Published On: Mon, Jan 13th, 2020
Published in Category: Islamabad

PARC, IMC committed to produce high quality honey from Maragalla Hills

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Islamabad: Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) Chairman Dr Azeem Khan has stated that we want to use the plants and trees, growing on the Margalla Hills, to breed honeybees and produce high quality honey. He stated that as many as ten thousand colonies of honeybee would be established and likely to get 1 lekh kilogram honey.

While talking to “reporter” he stated that Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation (IMC) and Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) on Friday agreed for composting and high-quality honey production in the Margalla Hills.

He state that memorandum of understanding (MoU) was already signed in this regard. Under the agreement, PARC will transform waste of trees and other natural sources into manure and supply it to the IMC and other purchasers in the country.

PARC Chairman Dr Azeem said that the incumbent government is paying particular attention to agricultural development and many agricultural programmes are being personally monitored by Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The manure developed from fallen tree leaves and other sources will not only be sufficient to meet the needs of the federal capital but also in other parts of the country as well, he explained.

He stated that the historic agreement has taken place between Pakistan Agricultural Research Council and Metropolitan Corporation in terms of getting honey from Margalla hills. Dr Azim Khan said that under this agreement, PARC has the rights of rearing the honey bees in Margalla Hills Islamabad. 10 thousand colonies of Honey Bees will be made in Margalla Hills and 100 thousand kg honey will be expected. The honey delivered from here will be great because of different kinds of flowers, this honey will be formed as certified brand with the name of Margalla Honey and the project will be under public private partnership.

The Chairman has said that the present government is encouraging the public private partnership. Margalla Honey project will be a great example of public private partnership and it will be beneficial for both the country and people.

Moreover, per the MoU, PARC will provide technical cooperation to IMC for managing honeybee colonies for producing honey in the Margalla Hills. “We want to use the plants and trees, growing on the Margalla Hills, to breed honeybees and produce honey,” said the PARC chairman.

The PARC will also help in harvesting, extracting, quality testing, packing and labelling of the honey which will be sold under the brand of Margalla Hills and thereafter it will be offered in the market through PARC-Agro Tech Company.

This will not be PARC’s first foray into honey production. “We were producing honey from NARC but if the Margalla Hills can host beehives, we can produce a very large quantity of honey,” he said.

The PARC will also assist in capacity building of the Margalla community in beekeeping, thereby providing employment to residents of thee areas. Moreover, the PARC chairman added that they require support from IMC so that high quality and quantity of honey could be produced from the natural sources. The mayor assured that IMC would extend all possible support to PARC in this regard.