To address the interrelated issues of skill development, income generation, women self-reliance and capacity building, we look forward to associate with agencies, especially in remote and inaccessible rural areas. Our specific focus is on :
1. AREA SPECIFIC ASSESSMENT
We have the expertise and adequate exposure to assess the feasibility of undertaking apiculture in a specific geographical area and the potential in terms of source specific uni-floral honey. We will also define the area specific possibilities of backward and forward integration.
2. POST IMPLEMENTATION SUPPORT
Any new skill development activity especially like beekeeping, necessarily requires proper monitoring and continuous support for some time. This is an integral part of the implementation process. We develop new possibilities and take them to their logical conclusion.”Skill development, capacity building, women self-reliance and income generation” will have meaning only if we create small success stories – stories of healthy bees producing the finest honey.
3. MASS AWARENESS
Mass awareness exposes one to a totally new concept – getting basic knowledge of the honey bees. A theoretical presentation with major focus on practical opportunity. One actually gets to handles the gentle bees while doing some basic hive manipulations.
Today, the quality of honey has been totally compromised. It has heavy metals, antibiotics, residues of insecticides and pesticides, is adulterated with sugar solution and generally lacks enzymes and minerals. We will discuss it in detail during the interaction.
4. TRAINING WORKSHOPS
Training in Apiculture is designed for those who wish to undertake Apiculture as a hobby or as a commercial activity . It addresses generally all aspects of apiary management with focus would be on practical – interactive session.
The basic understanding of the apiary management and the whole process of honey production is important to realize that there is an urgent need to be a responsible beekeeper and to produce the finest honey.
We can take up training assignments for Stingless bees, Apis Cerena and Apis Mellifera honey bees.
5. Pollination Workshops
Perhaps, the most significant contribution by the Honey Bees is pollinating the crops. This managed pollination affects crop productivity both qualitatively and quantitatively and this ecosystem service that the honey bees provide is silent, efficient and cost effective.
Although a large number of crops are pollinated by bees other than honey bees, but honey bees are are the only ones which can be ;
- Easily managed,
- Moved to distant places,
- Pollinate a wide variety of crops with very effective results.
Research has established that installation of 1-2 strong colonies of Honey Bees ( Apis Mellifera / Apis Cerena-Indica/ Stingless bees ) in an acre, results in a substantial increase in crop productivity. Lots of research information on cross-pollination by honey bees and its effect on various crops is available on the net. Given below is a list of what we may lose without the cross pollinators. The list is not exhaustive. It is only an indicator…
Custard apple, Cherries, Apple, Walnut, Lychee, Lemons, Figs, Loquat, Chestnut, Coconut, Papaya, Pomegranate, Tamarind, Beans, Celery, Coffee, Sunflower, Buckwheat, Fennel, Cucumber, Cantaloupe, Coriander, Watermelon, Mustard, Sesamum, Eggplant, Clover, Vanilla, Sesbania etc
In seed programmes of radish, carrot, turnip, onion, mustard, coriander etc, the bees play a very effective role.
We provide access to strong colonies of Apis Mellifera, Apis Cerena- Indica and Stingless bees for pollination services .
For your crop specific need assessment, crop/ placement schedules and colony rentals – please feel free to contact us.