Honey revolution of farmers in Gujarat, production of many varieties of honey


Tejbhai Lala Bhuria, a farmer from Madal village in Lakhani, Banaskantha, has shown that he can produce 18 tonnes of honey in a year by raising bees. It produces about 27-30 lakh honey annually in its 10 hectares of land. He has also received awards for being a good farmer.

Pankaj Bhurabhai is expected to live around 30 lakhs in a year.

In Banaskantha, 63 farmers produce honey in 15 clusters, and they get Rs 150 per kg of honey. A farmer can produce 5 kg of honey in 5-15 days from one bee hive.

Dinesh Thakor sells 900 boxes of bees for Rs 45 lakhs. They have sent courtyards to Rajasthan, MP, UP. They prepare honey in fennel fields in Surendranagar, Bhavnagar and Amreli.

Pomegranate is planted in the sweet garden.

The range of Kutch has channelized honey with beekeeping by dairy milk producers and their dairy products through its cooperative structure.

National Bee Board (NBB), National Beekeeping and Honey Mission (NBHM) and National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) function.

Nareshbhai Dharamshibhai Gangani, the milkmaid farmer of Jamnagar twins, produces 4 kg of honey per year from 200 cartons. Two and a half years ago people from outside our village used to come to get honey. Now they produce honey.

For some time, the trend of beekeeping is increasing among the young farmers in the country. Sun season is considered the most favorable for beekeeping. This is because many crops are grown in this season including mustard, sunflower, coriander whose flowers produce good honey.

Honey is in demand in the domestic market, but also in foreign markets. According to the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), India received Rs 716.13 crore in remittances from abroad in the year 2020-21.

On an average, one box produces 30 kg of honey. Boxes are moved from village to village at night for better production and more bee colonies.

Most of the honey is grown around the mustard crop.

honey with different flavors

At present ginger, lemon, basil, parsley, drumstick, eucalyptus, multiflora, litchi, saffron, fennel,
Good production of honey can be obtained from the flowers of Jamun, Neem, Mango, Litchi, Sunflower, Sesame, Coriander in forests. The main varieties of natural honey are mustard honey, litchi honey, sunflower honey, eucalyptus honey, karanj or pongmia honey, acacia honey, Himalayan multiflora honey and vegetable and wild honey. According to APEDA, 500 species of wild flowering plants are found in the forests of India, from which the pollen and nectar bees produce honey.

There is a great demand for good quality honey in the market. Focuses only on marketing without compromising on quality.

100 boxes produce an average of 3,000 kg. It earns up to Rs 10 lakh. Its annual cost is 3 to 4 lakh rupees. In this way, there is a profit of 6-7 lakh rupees by reducing the expenditure.

Some honey is sold in the market till 2000. Normal honey is sold in the market for Rs 500 to Rs 1000 per kg.

Arrangements should be made for the bees to get proper nutrition (food).

In summer when flowers are lacking, bee boxes should contain a sugar solution to keep them alive. Pollen is good during the rainy season for good health of bees. Pollen grains can be prepared by hand.

70% of the crop is pollinated by bees. In such a situation, bees are also beneficial in producing good crops. Where there are bees, the grain is healthier and thicker. Extracting the sweetness from the flowers of the crop reduces the chances of pests in them. Which gives more product.

combo honey
There are three types of members in Hive. There is a queen bee in the hive, which lays eggs. At the same time, about 10 percent of the males who cross the queen bee. While 90% are worker flies. The main functions of pollen are to bring grain, protect the hive, bring water, and produce honey.

sweet revolution
natural honey production in india
According to the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), India exported 59,999.24 metric tonnes of natural honey worldwide in 2020-21. As a result, India has received US$716.13 million or US$96.77 million. India exports honey to the US, Canada, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bangladesh.

5 lakh per day
It is possible to make 120 million hives in India due to 40,000 species of plants. 6 million people can do this work. 12 lakh tonnes of honey can be produced. In Gujarat, 5 lakh people can make 90 lakh tonnes of honey from 90 lakh hives. Despite this the government is not serious.

Beekeeping honey was to be produced at 18101 locations in Gujarat in a single year. Out of these 6392 places allowed beekeeping to produce honey.

expenses and income

It costs Rs 2 lakh to build 100 honey houses. Against which a net profit of Rs 2.90 lakh remains. If someone gets 40 kg of honey from a honey house and gets Rs 150 per kg, then a honey house earns Rs 6000.

first honey house

The first beekeeping center was established in 2011 in north-central Gujarat. Kishorebhai Ladhaji Mali (Kachhwa) of Ranpur in Deesa built 28 bee houses. He got 60-80 kg of honey from a house. When the crop is blooming in the field, its pollen bees will grow on a plant.

From there it goes to another plant. Hence its production increases.

Started Beekeeping Center in Banaskantha. Honey earns Rs 1 lakh a year. Then in the second year 2018, this number of bees has increased to 100, and they have started earning honey of Rs 1 lakh per year. 900 boxes of beeswax are installed, and it is producing 35000 kg of honey per year.

This year 45 thousand kg of honey has been produced.

Lakhani Farmer’s Experience

Rona Lalaji Patel, a farmer from Madal in Lakhni taluka, has built a bee house and has produced 15 to 17 tonnes of honey per year from 350 bee houses. Net profit of Rs 13 lakh in 6 months. Banasderi made it possible. 7000 kg of honey is obtained from 100 households. One ton gets one lakh. There are about 10,000 bees in a house and one bee that lays eggs continuously. Gives 6 kg of honey in 10 days.

honey processing

Salman Ali Noorbhai Dodiya of Maherpura village, a farmer in Himatnagar has set up a honey processing unit (bee colony). Which has started for the first time in the state of Gujarat in Sabarkantha. By investing Rs. Produces 50 thousand kg. 200-300 per kg.

best honey in south gujarat

The farmers of Valsad, Dang and Navsari districts have started honey cultivation on a large scale. Bee sting venom, royal jelly, propolis and grass come in handy. Ashokbhai Patel of Soldhara village in Chikhali taluka of Navsari started collecting honey from a house of 50 bees in 2008-09. 30 people work, the cost of a beehive is around Rs 100 to Rs 120 per month. Honey sells for Rs 300-500. Honey is easily available from mustard flowers, sesame flowers and acacia flowers.

India and Gujarat

India ranks 9th in honey production. The Indian bee Apis serena and the European bee Apis mellifera produce 85,000 tonnes of honey in approximately one million colonies. It provides income to 2.50 lakh families in 40 thousand villages. Exports from India to Germany, USA, England, Japan, France, Italy and Spain.

honey in gujarat
It is estimated that 1800 villages and 1200 families of Gujarat are engaged in honey business. Doctor. C. C. Patel, Jalpa. P. Lodaya, Department of Entomology, B.N. Honey and many scientific details have been prepared by A. Krishi Maha Vidyalaya, AAU, Anand. 10 million bee colonies can be created in 60 lakh hectares in India and 5 lakh bee colonies in 3 lakh hectares of Gujarat.

increase in agricultural production

In farms that house honey, production has increased from 17 per cent to 110 per cent. Out of which, mustard gives 44% profit, Gungli gives 90% profit and fruit gives 45-50% profit. The production of cotton increases by 17 to 20 percent.


Chikhli Beekeeping Center in Navsari produces 80,000 tonnes of honey annually. Soldhara village has become famous for honey cultivation. Ashokbhai Bhagubhai Patel has been earning well from bees since 10 years.

They are collecting honey by growing bees on sesame flowers in Halwar taluka, Naliyari in Mangrol taluka and wild boar in Kutch, Kher and Gorad trees. Ashokbhai’s wife Asmitaben was awarded as the best female farmer by Navsari Agricultural University.

Provides permanent employment to 50 people. He has 3 thousand honey cans. Echo points have been created in the farm.

This honey is used to treat physical disabilities through chemotherapy treatment in a person suffering from cancer.

Honey is collected in the Acacia forests of Saurashtra and Kutch at the end of summer and monsoon, and during the rest of the time in the fields of Dang, Valsad and Navsari.

Pesticides are sprayed on the crops, due to which a large number of bees die. They have been asked to refrain from using these toxic chemicals.

There are 5 types of bees

Praveen, who has studied up to MSc (Master of Science in Horticulture), tells Gaon Connection that there are five types of bees. Some of them are native species and some are exotic.

1. Apis Serena Indica – Commonly known as Native Bee. This species can be easily followed. One box can produce 10 to 15 kg of honey in a year. Bees of this species do not attack humans in swarms.

2. Apis mellifera – This is a European species of bee. Even bees of this species do not attack humans in insects. So it can be followed easily. One box of this breed can produce 30-60 kg of honey annually. However, the annual production in India is 30 kg.

3. Digo bees – These are commonly called bees without sting, which do not cause any harm to humans. It can be followed but the output is very less. Its honey is rich in medicinal properties and is bitter to eat. Hence, it is only used in making different types of medicines. Bees of this species do not produce wax themselves. It collects gum from various tree plants and saves honey by making a hive.

4. Apis Florea- It is small in size and lives in the forest. Which is found in various tree plants in the fields or forests in India. Bees of this species do not live in one place. Due to this compliance is not being done.

5. Apis dorsata- Its size is much larger than Apis floria. It happens. It is also found in forests. He attacks the men in the crowd. Hence it is not possible to follow it.