February 2, 2018
Manish Gupta asks a question on production of honey
Thank you Mr Chairman, Sir. The minister has very elaborately pointed out, in his reply, the government policy of promotion of beekeeping and production of honey.
The problem is that, worldwide, today, the adulteration of honey is a major issue. Beekeepers are using antibiotics for increasing the production.
There are several agencies in India who have been entrusted the task of regulating honey production: PFA rules, which puts safety and authority; the Bureau of Indian Standards ( BIS); and the Honey Grading and Marking rules, which is administered by the Agriculture Ministry.
The question is whether the Agricultural Ministry is coordinating the work of these agencies to ensure that honey is not adulterated?