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What is beekeeping? Why is it growing in popularity?
Beekeeping is actually one of the most prominent and oldest honey gathering techniques in the country. Honeybee agriculture is popular and growing because of its vast popularity in India and abroad.
Farmers not only are yielding a very sweet profit, but bee-keeping is also extremely helpful in increasing the productivity of agriculture by pollination. Honeybees can also produce pollen, bee-wax and something known as royal jelly, thus providing farmers with so many additional benefits. Farmers are more inclined towards the prospects of bee farming following the successive losses that traditionally grown crops see on a periodic basis. Honeybees can also be used as an extremely effective input agent for the increase of agricultural produce.
What are some tips to get started with a bee farm?
The very first step that must be taken in planning a beekeeping project is to get to understand the relationship between bee-human relationship you want to set up in your field.
Working with local beekeepers is definitely recommended, specifically if you have little to no experience of working with bees. Do be a keep observer and learned in the process of beekeeping management advice.
When you start to become more familiar with the local bee-human relationship, suggestions can be easily developed to implement enhanced techniques and then the creation of a perfect strategy for the use of equipment and where to sell hives
If you are just starting with bees, you can expect to operate in the region with very few people (1-2)
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Beekeeping or Apiculture does not require heavy investment & can be started with a minimum cost of Rs. 50,000 for 10 Bee Hives. The farm should have sufficient pollen and nectar plants to provide a food source for the bees and abundant water resources.
Though bee farm boxes in themselves don’t take up a lot of space but large space with rich flora and fauna is required for them as a food source with lots of nectar plants.
A Ten Bee box set up can be kept in a land area of around one acre and so forth, whereas for personal and local production, one can set up a single bee box in a 100 Sq.M area as well.
Based on how many bee boxes you have set up, the profitability margins vary from 30% to 150%. In the case of a 10 bee box setup, the profit can be 40,000 in the first year with increased profits from the second year onwards.
KVIC, National Bee Board, KVK are some organizations which offer loans and subsidies to start beekeeping. KvIC offers PMEGP Schemes with a loan amount of 10 to 25 lakhs.
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Organic Honey is a major product from beekeeping. In addition Bee Pollen and Beeswax can be ventured upon basis on you investment & profit margins.