Prakash Bhurabhai, a 25-year-old commerce put up graduate residing in Nagpana village in Deesa, was a part of the political rally and determined to turn into part of the `candy revolution’. In 2017, he educated himself and invested Rs 10,000. This 12 months, he’s anticipating a bumper earnings of Rs 30 lakh, double from Rs 15 lakh he earned final 12 months.
Prakash says he took coaching in honey farming from Banas dairy. What began as an experiment in 2017 with 10 packing containers has now turn into a case examine for different locals to observe. “Within three years, honey bee farming has become our mainstay business. Our traditional farm income waivers but this generates a steady income,” says Prakash.
Narsinh Gurjar, in-charge officer of honey assortment unit in Banas dairy, says some 63 farmers working in 15 teams promote their honey for Rs 150 per kg. With farmers capable of rear 5 kg of honey in a cycle of 5-15 days, their incomes are much better than these earned from different conventional crops.
Dinesh Thakor, 40-year-old farmer in Sherpura village, who spent his life toiling in his farm rising groundnut, castor and sesame solely to earn a revenue of Rs 1.5 lakh, is anticipating his earnings to soar to Rs 45 lakh this 12 months. He began honey-bee farming as not too long ago as 2018.
Thakor says his 900 bee-hive packing containers have modified his household’s fortunes. Thakor additionally goes the extra-mile to infuse flavours within the honey produced as he transports his packing containers to Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and even Uttar Pradesh. “We transport the honey boxes in mustard farms in Kota and Bharatpur in Rajasthan for the mild mustard flavour, Shivpuri in Madhya Pradesh for carom seed flavour and Surendranagar, Bhavnagar, Amreli for fennel flavour,” says Thakor.
Honey-bee farmers say it’s a win-win scenario for all farmers, honey-bee and others. “Farmers, particularly these rising pomegranate and candy fruit, take out packing containers on hire as honey bees assist in cross-pollination, growing the yield by 15-30%,” mentioned Dashrath Patel (29), a resident of Limbau village.