Puttur: Apiculture - A lucrative business for the honey-minded

Deekshith D V 

Pics: Dayanand Kukkaje 
Daijiworld Media Network - Puttur

Puttur, May 11: Apiculture, or bee farming, is a lucrative business if done with hard work, patience and dedication. This has been proved true in the case of Manmohan, an apiculturist, who gave up his job as an electrician to pursue his passion for beekeeping.

Initially, taking advice from experts, he started the business with a single wooden beehive box. But he failed to extract the expected amount of honey despite several attempts. But with patience and years of hard work, Manmohan now owns 300 active wooden beehive boxes and has even ventured into natural beekeeping. And he has 200 wooden hives for sale. Per annum he collects 50 quintals of honey from 300 hives, and sells the collected honey for Rs 165 a kg.

Speaking to daijiworld.com, Manmohan said, "I started this venture 12 years ago. I was interested in this business. First I started from a single wooden box. After many attempts and failures, I succeeded and gradually expanded the business in a bigger scale. In order to succeed in apiculture, you need to understand the behaviour of bees,  which requires years of patience and perseverance. In a bee hive, there is a queen bee which is the only breeding female in the hive, there is a large number of female worker bees and a number of male drones. Beekeepers should frequently monitor the bee hives and it is very important to avoid swarming. There is frequent demand for honey but we cannot produce as per the demand.

"Beekeeping is a skillful management. It requires dedication, patience and immense effort and moreover it needs understanding the behaviour of the bees which comes with experience. If the bee colony swarms unexpectedly and the beekeeper fails to manage this, then he is likely to get less honey. A beekeeper should have knowledge about the swarming to breed a new queen," he added.

Manmohan has domesticated the bee colony in a rectangular wood hive within four parallel house-like structures. The wood hive consists of four to six vertical plates of honey comb, eggs, larvae, pupae and pollen. Bees collect the honey and store in the comb in the hive.

Beekeeping also helps maintain ecological balance and facilitates pollination process in plants. To get a good quantity of honey, Manmohan does migratory bee farming. In the process, the wooden beehives boxes are transported to various places to increase the quantity and avoid rain which affects bee farming. During the rainy days in the district, Manmohan carries the beehives to HD Kote and Gondlupete where there is less rainfall.

In Puttur taluk, Manmohan is a leading apiculturist, producing the highest quantity of honey for honey society. G P Shama Bhat, president of S K Beekeepers Society Puttur, told daijiworld, "Every year, we get 30,000 kg of honey from the entire district. There is increasing demand for honey but we cannot meet the demand as there is less production. Karnataka is in the sixth place in bee farming. This is a lucrative business. We are providing wooden bee hives to the farmers and they get Rs 165 per kg of honey. Apis Mellipera is the bee specie that is domesticated."

It can be safely said, apiculture is indeed keeping Manmohan and others like him busy as a bee,  and add to that, it's a lucrative business, even though it's not all about the money, but honey.



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  • ANAND, bangalore

    Wed, Nov 25 2020

    your bee hive keeping may have inspired to many beekeepers , i am also one of them , i would like to start bee keeping, lives of bee is very interesting, without any leader the bees have a very highly complicated way of communicating every task in the bee hive. i am very impressed, literally i have been studying bee keeping for about 2 years and have gathered some information to start bee keeping. i want to devote some of my time for bee keeping and also so something very usefu, so as more and more people come forward to start bee keeping help themselves financially and also help nature retain the glory of sustaining earth. WITHOUT BEES NOBODY STAYS ON THIS PLANET

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    Wed, Jan 29 2020

    i intrest to start apiculture, but i have not idea to cauch the bee , also bee box not there.

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  • Chandra shekhara, Moodabidri

    Tue, Sep 03 2019

    Sir I interested in start beekeeping, so please tell me where i get bee boxes.

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  • Naseeb, Madikeri

    Tue, Jun 11 2019

    Please give me bee farming equipment s ,box,bee

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  • Vishruth,Shimoga, Shimoga

    Tue, Jul 17 2018

    Very nice..I am interested to start it.. pl share the contact details of Mr.Manmohan to contact.

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  • Poondi raj, Kolar gold field

    Wed, Jun 20 2018

    I m interested to learn beekeeping from and whom do I contact and help me out near by learning school .is there any facility from government side for cover unemployment people in my area through apiculture.

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  • Krishnappa h, hangal.dist haveri

    Wed, Apr 25 2018

    Sir I want to start honey bee keeping farming pl suggest me where honey bees box available.

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  • kalingareddy, sindhanur

    Wed, Jan 10 2018

    i am interested to buy
    honey extractor

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  • Sudha Iyer, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 24 2016

    I want to speak to you Manmohan. Can you please share your number. Want to know few things please as am interested in bee farming

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  • Evans Christopher Sumitra, UDUPI/ NEW YORK, USA.

    Sat, May 14 2016

    My hats off to Mr. Manmohan. Your hard work and patience has made your business in honey lucrative. Wish you all the very best.

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  • RRR,

    Thu, May 12 2016

    Really appreciable his Effort & Hats off to him.and it would be highly appreciable if you could Share/specify his contact number as well... to get the training.

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  • John, Udupi

    Wed, May 11 2016

    Very good effort and hard work by ManMohan. But looking at pictures, I would suggest that in order for more acceptance and appeal to consumers, the people involved should give utmost importance to cleanliness. First of all they should wear gloves to prevent sweat of hands mixing with honey while extracting which will reduce shelf life. Also surgical masks should be worn. finally clean collection utensils and storage cans should be used. The can shown looks like a discarded one!

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, May 11 2016

    Most of the Honey available in India is FAKE ...

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  • Evans Christopher Sumitra, UDUPI/ NEW YORK, USA.

    Sat, May 14 2016

    You are absolutely right. It fake honey not only in India but abroad too.

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  • prashant, india

    Wed, Jun 08 2016

    Then get educated...from simple to more complex there are ways to determine what kind of honey is that which you are using...

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