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BEE KEEPING DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME. NATIONAL BEE BOARD. Present Status of Bee Keeping in India. National Commission on Agriculture (1976) Projections By 2000 AD Requirement: 150 million bee colonies for 50.7 m.ha.ento. crops

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Present status of bee keeping in india
Present Status of Bee Keeping in India

National Commission on Agriculture (1976) Projections

By 2000 AD

Requirement: 150 million bee colonies for 50.7 m.ha.ento. crops

Target : 6 million bee colonies to cover an area of2 million ha.for pollination

Honey production 60,000 MTs (from Apis cerana)

Estimates of present status

1.4 million bee colonies (over 1.5 lakh of Apis mellifera)

52,000 MTs honey production

15, 000 MTs exports

Domestic consumption average only 5 gm per capita

Benefits in horticultural crops due to bee pollination
Benefits in Horticultural Crops Due to Bee Pollination

This increase is in addition to honey

Benefits in agricultural crops due to bee pollination
Benefits in Agricultural Crops Due to Bee Pollination

Overall benefit of beekeeping is over 14 times of the cost of honey and bees wax

Employment and income generation potential calculated on 10 000 bee colonies of apis mellifera
Employment and Income Generation PotentialCalculated on 10,000 bee colonies of Apis mellifera

Total 4,88,900

Means full time employment to 1630 persons and

14,00,000 bee colonies 2,28,000 persons

Income generation potential cost and benefit estimates of beekeeping a mellifera
Income generation PotentialCost and Benefit Estimates of Beekeeping (A. mellifera)

Strategy for the development of beekeeping
Strategy for the Development of Beekeeping

  • Developing modalities for effective use of honey bees in pollination of crops

    • Adopting to the International Pollination Initiative

  • Promoting; multiplication of bee colonies and

    Good Management Practices

    • To reach 3 m. bee colony level and

      to increase productivity by 2009-10:

      • A. mellifera from present average of 30 kg to 60 kg per hive

      • A.cerana and from present average of 10 kg to 20 kg per hive

    • To produce contamination free quality honey for export and domestic market

    • To increase profitability of hive by diversifying hive produce to pollen, propolis, royal jelly and bee venom.

  • Creating strong quality control & monitoring facility

  • Launching effective promotion & awareness campaign

  • Developing adequate capacity building and training programme

Sequence of steps for apiaries development
Sequence of Steps for Apiaries Development

  • Identification of Bee-breeders in each State: to developed as the centers of training, improved bee breeding and service providers to the new units.

  • Selection and practical training of beekeepers at the apiaries of the bee breeders.

  • Providing the new trained beekeepers with bee colonies, boxes and other equipment by bee breeders.

  • Providing them with loan and financial support through banks and institutions.

  • Utilizing the bee colonies and apiaries developed for effective pollination of Horticultural and Agricultural crops.

  • Establishment of Honey Processing Plants and promoting the National Brand of Honey.

  • Developing Cooperatives for various activities

Action plan 2006 07
Action Plan 2006-07

  • Programme to run under the NHM and Technology Mission for Horticulture Development in NE region

  • BEE BREEDERS to be developed in every Beekeeping State – 2 in each state

  • Capacity building training of beneficiaries before providing them with NUCLEUS BEE COLONIES and equipment - 1900 in 2006-07

  • Bee Breeders from the States where the programme is new will be trained outside the state - 26 in 2006-07

  • Distribution of Bee colonies and equipment to beneficiaries after training through bee breeders- 20 bee colonies in each state - 38000 in 2006-07

  • Registration of Beee keepers and building database

  • Development of infrastructure for honey processing and marketing

    – 16 units in 2006-07

  • Promotion of honey for domestic consumption and bees for pollination on media

  • Establishment of one Apex Honey Laboratory to strengthen quality control of honey

  • Support to the HQ (National Bee Board)

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Fund Flow 2006-07

Central Steering Committee of NHM/TMNE


State Hort Mission Society/ SFAC for TMNE (Director- Hort.)




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Monitoring 2006-07

Central Steering Committee

National Bee Board (NBB)


Director (Hort.)




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Thank You 2006-07