18 months on, Honey Mission boosts beekeeping with production worth Rs 1.91 crore

  • | Monday | 15th April, 2019

Launched 18 months ago nationwide, the Honey Mission has significantly boosted the country’s honey production that stands at 123.9 metric tonne (MT) of honey worth Rs 1.91 crore. Besides honey, other byproducts that are growing economically include wax (Rs 46 lakh), pollen (Rs 54 lakh), royal jelly (Rs 3.6 crore) and bee venom (Rs 8 lakh) from about 1.45 lakh bee colonies. As of now, there are 2.5 lakh beekeepers and 25 lakh bee colonies with a harvest of 70,000 MT of honey worth Rs 770 crore, annually. While there were only 230 beekeepers who maintained 800 bee colonies six decades ago, these numbers have now multiplied. In these two zones, a target of distributing 1.45 lakh bee boxes was set, ofwhich 81,575 have been set up so far.

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