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Swastika Proves Bee Farming A Career For All

Swastika Proves Bee Farming A Career For All
Acting Agricultural Technical Officer - Bee, Swastika Sharma. Photo: RONALD KUMAR
September 10
11:00 2015

Twenty-eight year old, Swastika Sharma believes females have the ability to do more than sit in an office.

Acting Agricultural Technical Officer – Bee has broken out of her comfort zone and joined the field.

Ms Sharma said yesterday at the Central Division Agriculture show in Nausori: “I go out to the field and educate farmers on bee farming. These include techniques, skills and provide advice on methods of farming.

“Before I was an officer in the local dealing section but I wanted to challenge myself and do more and so here I am.”

Through her work, she also helps educate farmers on new technology, techniques and research within bee farming.


Why Bee Farming?

It isn’t a common site to see a female in this particular field but Ms Sharma believes there isn’t any restriction.

She said: “Many times girls feel like getting a job in the office is the only opinion for a white collar job. But it isn’t!

“This job isn’t hard – it actually can be done by anyone who is interested. This job is also a very good in terms of being able to educate people.”

“I have studied for so many years and now I am taking this knowledge and going out into the fields and helping people – what else could you ask for!

“It comes back to girls. We want gender equality so it’s important for us to step out of our comfort zones and do something that challenges us.”

Ms Sharma explained females have to make the start if they want to be treated equally.


She further explained the work isn’t always rosy!

“There are challenges in this field. Bee farming requires you to get your hands dirty which in turn includes getting stung,” she said.

“There are many times I had to deal with getting stung but you get treated and you move on and you continue helping and teaching people.”

She laughed and said: “Also wearing this bee suit for the whole day is challenging but nothing serious. It is definitely the passion of the work that drives me on every day.”

Agriculture Show

Ms Sharma said the Agriculture show was an excellent platform to help educate farmers, students and business entrepreneurs.

“Also there are many students here today and I hope they see me and get inspired that they too can do this job,” she said.

“The government is always providing many platforms for those who are interested in studying in this field.

“If students take this field serious, they could make a business out it but again there has to be a passion and not be forced.”

The three day Agriculture Show in the Central Division is held at the Syria Park in Nausori.



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