1928-1977 sixteen attempts were made to establish European bee in subcontinent 8 times in Agriculture Faisalabad University, 5 times Peshawar, 2 times Sindh, and 1 time Baluchistan. Nevertheless every time all the attempts went in waste. In 1976 Prime Minister of Pakistan Zulifqar Ali Bhutto want... More
1928-1977 sixteen attempts were made to establish European bee in subcontinent 8 times in Agriculture Faisalabad University, 5 times Peshawar, 2 times Sindh, and 1 time Baluchistan. Nevertheless every time all the attempts went in waste. In 1976 Prime Minister of Pakistan Zulifqar Ali Bhutto wanted Pakistan a honey producing and exporting country. In 1977 Dr. Rafiq Ahmad was appointed for the establishment of honeybee programme. He established HBRI (Honey Beekeeping Research Institute) at NARC (National Agriculture Research Center) Islamabad Pakistan and he find out the reason for the death of European bee in Asian Region, which was inbreeding and solved this issue. In early 1980"s Pakistan became self-sufficient in honey production and exporting country. His knowledge, Research and technologies not only helped Pakistan but also assisted other Asian and Middle East countries to develop modern beekeeping industry to increase national income and economy of their nations. In Pakistan, Yamen, India, China, Nepal, Srilanka, Japan, Bhutan etc every beekeeper is Student or student of his students.
In 1992 he retired from Pakistan Government institute NARC. After his retirement he founded Rafiq Honeybee Farms, Bait ul Rafiq and National Beekeeping federation, this federation consists of 52 members of Pakistani Beekeepers, these members harvest the natural, high standard, exporting class honey. He transferred his knowledge and skills also to his grandson Muhammad Hammad by continuous training of 20 years. Muhammad Hammad from the childhood started understanding honeybees, honey production and started visiting apiaries (Honeybee farm), Nector flow etc. Now he had launched new organization Dr. Rafiq Apiaries Pvt Ltd. Onward Mr.Hammad will deal in honey for export and home market.
Two major Achievements by Dr.Rafiq Ahmad:
1- Saved the America from Permanent loss of citrus crop from Insect in first half of 1970"s by Biological Insect Pest Management (created a new insect which use to eat that pest insect and don't damage the fruit or Plant)
2- Established Modern beekeeping vitally in Asia.
1- Two International Peace Price
2- Two Medal of Honor
3- Lifetime Achievement Award
4- Dr.Rafiq Award Foundation
5- Genius Laureate Award etc.
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