Introducing Bee-Keeping Mud Hive Technology in Wet Temperate Zone of H.P
Principal Investigator : Bhopinder Mehta, Society for Technology & Development
Co-Principal Investigator : Anjana Sharma
Email : sfdnagwain [at] gmail [dot] com Mob No. :+91-9805120849
Thrust Area : Balancing Forest use & Conservation
Project Area : Sadar Block, Mandi District, Himachal Pradesh
To promote and conserve indigenous honeybee , Apis cerana
To impart training to farmers on mud hive preparation and management of Apis cerana for ensuring proper pollination and better livelihood opportunity.
To study various parameters/factors affecting bee activities in mud hives
To study the impact of mud hives on productivity of apples
To establish centralized facility centre for processing of honey
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- About 80 colonies of local bees introduced which are working well, and has led to an increase in their population.
- Training in fabrication of mud hives provided to all beneficiaries.
- 5 days’ training program on scientific management of honey bees in mud hives were organized in which 45 farmers participated.
- Hands on training in handling bee colonies provided.
- Training program on processing and packaging of honey was organized for a group of 20 progressive farmers in the established common facility center (CFC) at Jawalpur.
- Study was carried out at Nagwain.
- Both wooden and mud hives in the orchards have been compared.
- Dr. Harish Sharma, Scientist bee-keeping visited the project site. Plan for trials is made, and the impact studied.
- All equipment transferred to the beneficiaries, and installed at the center.
- A total of 41 beneficiaries from 8 villages have been provided with mud hive fabrication, and bee-keeping technology.
- All the beneficiaries are local farmers, practising apple cultivation.
- Total 5 meetings along with 3 awareness workshops have been conducted.
- 2 trainings on bee keeping in mud hives, 1 training in honey processing have been imparted.
- A total of 220 males and 12 females participated.
- A Common Facility Centre has been established in village Pub, and is provided with honey processing unit (1) comb foundation sheet roller (1)
- 3 information centres have been established and provided with Honey Extractor (6), Smokers (6).
- Beneficiaries were provided with Bee handling kits (50), Hand gloves, uncapping knives, hive tools, Bee brushes & Veils
- Honey and beeswax were also provided as raw materials.
- There has been about 20-25 % increase in apple productivity post the intervention.
- A direct 20-25 % increase in income of the beneficiaries has been reported.
- A profit of 10 -15 % is being earned on the apples.
- 1 article published in TIME Magazine.
Last Updated: July 1, 2019