Karachi –– The sunflower growers of Matli and Golarchi, District Badin have recorded 22% increase in the crop yield due to honey bee pollination field trials at their farms during the last one year.
Shah Farms Pakistan has launched an adaptive research project with sunflower growers of interior Sindh. Apiculturist Asim Zafar Shah while expressing hope for the success of this project said that honey bee pollination can decrease our national import bill of edible oil and increase our national fruit export by several million dollars each year if government realize the significance of honey bee pollination in the country.
Shah Farms, with the support of ICI, Pakistan organized a field day at the farm house of progressive farmer and office bearer of Sindh Abadgar Board, Abdul Majeed Nizamani on April 14, 2011 where many sunflower growers of the area as well as a group of agriculture scientists and students of Tando Jam University participated to learn about the possible impact of honey bee pollination on the crop yield as well as the direct and indirect financial benefits of the same.
Speaking to the audience Asim Zafar of Shah Farms said that Pakistan can overcome the problem of declining agricultural productivity through planned honeybee pollination activities across Pakistan. Pakistan loses millions of dollars each year by having low farm output which is also attributed to very low or no honeybee pollination activities at all.
Asim Zafar Shah who is a professional apiculturist having a professional degree from Queensland Agriculture University Australia told that Shah Farms has initiated honeybee pollination activities across Sindh for research and direct benefit to sunflower growers of the area.
By developing the pollination industry the quality and quantity of the production of fruits, vegetables and horticulture sector for producing export quality products, including honey can be increased many folds in the country which can not only ensure food security through increased productivity but can also earn millions of dollars of foreign exchange through fruits, vegetables and honey exports.