Bee Keeping / Organic Honey


Context


DNPPCL and A T India together pioneered in moving beekeeping sector from subsistence to business level and have secured Organic Certification for Himalayan Beekeepers. The Organic Honey production has become a means of livelihood for 4280 households out of which 2422 have moved towards commercial level production from 429 villages spread across 6 districts.

Strategy

The beekeeping team of A T India has been immensely encouraging women to develop honey based enterprises by building their capacity in improved honey production area. As a result more than 1821 women are engaged in collective honey production. The stakeholders are organized as honey producer groups (PGs) who have been receiving technical, managerial, financial and marketing support from A T India, UMM and DNPPCL. The capacity buildings trainings and exposure visits are being given conducted for honey PGs in the area of seasonal management, swarm catching, prevention of absconding, division of colonies, safe and hygienic extraction of honey. Systematic and intensive field work being carried out by A T India, dedicated marketing support by DNPPCL and financial services of UMM has moved a significant number of men and women to adopt commercial beekeeping in Himalayan villages in Uttarakhand. The sector generates an annual average income of Rs. 3000 (part timework in honey sector) for honey producer. The over view of beekeeping / honey sector in 6 districts of Uttarakhand is being given under table-7.


Challenges

SN PARTICULAR UNIT ACH.
1 Villages covered Nos. 429
2 Total Honey Producers Nos. 4280
3 Commercial honey producers Nos. 2422
4 Honey producers groups (PGs) Nos. 386
5 Financial services (Loan from UMM) availed by Beekeeping Producers Nos. 35
6 Women beekeepers / Honey producers Nos. 1821
7 No. of Bee colonies Nos. 9414
8 Honey Production MT 32
9 Procurement by DNPPCL MT 18.5
9 Average income of producers (part time) RS 3000

*ACH - Acheivement

Impacts Organic Honey production program


In mountain villages of Uttarakhand women perform a certain specific role in beekeeping such as maintaining hives and colonies. Today, due to extensive field extension, women are equally participating in honey value chain activities right from production to harvesting and trading.


Honey production and income


There has been tremendous growth in honey production over the year. It is estimated that 32-35 MT honey is being produced collectively by 386 honey producers groups (PGs). Conserving Himalayan bee Indica through development of bee colonies has resulted in over 9414 colonies. Honey production has impacted not only on the economic security of the participating households but also on the local bio-diversity due to pollination services rendered by the bees.