Bee- Keeping

Rural communities are now becoming more self-reliant with assistance from the Project Nayi Kiran, an initiative of THDC India Limited, in collaboration with Mrida Group.

 

Under this project, selected rural communities have been trained in bee-keeping to help them achieve economic self-reliance. This is a small step towards a great social transformation.

Beekeeping is becoming a lucrative business because of the high demand for honey in both domestic and international markets. It is a win-win situation for both farmers and beekeepers who participate in this program.

Honeybees can be used to increase agricultural output. As many as 80% of flowering plants are cross-pollinated due to external factors, such as pollen from another flower. The honeybee is one of the most important external or environmental factors.

As part of the Nayi Kiran project, Phase I of the project received an overwhelming response, with 38 active applications. However, due to a scarcity of Indica species bee colonies during the previous phase, only 14 beneficiaries received benefits, while the remaining 24 beneficiaries were transferred to the subsequent phase.

Due to the scarcity of indica bee colonies, each beneficiary received only two colonies, and the remaining two colonies will be established using these two colonies. This will result in a reduction in revenue in the first year, but this will be offset by increased revenue the following year. This will result in reduction in some of profits and the actuals will be calculate at the time of harvest.

This positive start of the bee-keeping initiative will encourage beekeeping in the catchment through initial assistance and will result in the establishment of additional such units for each beneficiary. Additional units of this type are planned for the coming year, particularly in the months of February and March. Subsequently, direct/market connections will be established for the output. even more so as the season progresses, and the number of beekeepers increases.

Success is contingent upon the viability of the bee-boxes and colonies, the ongoing enhancement of bee-boxes, and the profitability of the beneficiary.