Talking like honey for honey production, the Gujarat government is telling wrong to farmers

Gandhinagar, 18 August 2020
Milk, honey, fish, poultry, ducks, silkworms are agriculture related industries. A package of Rs 500 crore was to be established for bee keeping, bee keeping center, marketing, storage capacity and facilities for its maintenance. Income of 2 lakh farmers was going to increase in rural areas. This announcement was made by the BJP government. But the reality in Gujarat is different. It is being said that this does not happen. It is possible to raise 120 million bee houses in India because of 40,000 species of plants. 6 million people can do honey bee houses. 12 lakh tonnes of honey can be produced. 90 thousand tonnes of honey can be made by 5 lakh people in Gujarat. Yet the government is not serious about that. Gandhiji started making honey in Gujarat in 1936 through village industry. In Ganj Bazaar, traders are not raising prices, farmers have started building houses.

Narendra Modi has only words
In the same year, beekeeping was to be done at 18101 places in Gujarat. Of these, honey was produced at 6392 places by beekeeping. 1.56 crore was to be given to the people behind it. But the Rupani government has demanded Rs 16.56 lakh despite the end of one financial year. This literally means that even though the government has allowed production of honey at 6392 locations, the actual cost is only 10 percent. In which 6392 people were to get money but in 10 percent only 181 people were given money by Gujarat government. Thus, Narendra Modi came to the agricultural produce market in Amreli in 2019, Gujarat and announced that the next years would be of honey farming. The government will provide all possible help for this. But Rupani’s government is doing the opposite. Talking like honey drips saliva to farmers.

Expenditure and income
It costs 1.90 lakh rupees to build 100 honey houses. In front of which there is a net profit of Rs 2.90 lakh. If someone gets 40 kg of honey from a honey house and earns Rs 150 per kg, then a honey house earns Rs 6,000.
The people of Gujarat are smarter than the government. They are developing honey industry themselves. In which farmers are more.

First Honey House
The first beekeeping center was established in 2011 in north-central Gujarat. Kishorebhai Ladhaji Mali (Kachhwa), a farmer from Ranpur, Deesa, built 28 bee houses. He got 60-80 kg of honey from a house. When the crop swells in the field, its pollen bees move from one plant to another. Therefore its production increases.

Lakhani farmer experience
Rona Lalaji Patel, a farmer from Madal village of Lakhani taluka of Banaskantha district, built a bee house and produced 15 to 17 tonnes of honey a year from 350 bee houses. There is a net profit of Rs 13 lakh in 6 months. Possible by Banasderi. 7000 kg honey is obtained from 100 households. One ton gets one lakh. A house has about 10,000 bees and one bee that lays eggs continuously. Gives 6 kg of honey in 10 days.

Honey processing
Salman Ali Nurbhai Dodiya of village Maharmpura of Himmatnagar has established a honey processing unit (Bee Colony). Which has started in Sabarkantha for the first time in the state of Gujarat. By investing 4,000 rupees per house and building 50 honey houses, they get 1 thousand kg of honey from one house every year. Produces 50 thousand kilos. 200-300 per kg.

South Gujarat best for honey 
Farmers in Valsad, Dang and Navsari districts have started large-scale honey cultivation. Bee stings are used in venom, royal jelly, propolis and grass. Ashokbhai Patel of Saldhara village in Chikhali taluka of Navsari started collecting honey from the house of 50 bees in 2008-09. With 30 people working, a bee hive costs Rs 100 to Rs 120 per month. Honey is sold for Rs 300-500. Honey is easily mixed with mustard flowers, sesame flowers, acacia flowers.

India and Gujarat
India ranks 9th in honey production. Indian bee Apis Serena and European bee Apis mellifera produce 85,000 tonnes of honey in about one million colonies. It provides income to 2.50 lakh families in 40 thousand villages. Exports from India to Germany, America, England, Japan, France, Italy and Spain. It is estimated that 1800 villages and 1200 families in Gujarat are in the honey business. Dr. C. C. Patel, Jalpa. P. Lodaya, Department of Entomology, B.N. An agricultural college, AAU, Anand has produced honey and many scientific details. 1 crore bee colonies can be made into 60 lakh hectares of India and 5 lakh bee colonies in 3 lakh hectares of Gujarat.

Increase in farm output
Production on honey-house farms has increased from 17 percent to 110 percent. Of which 44 per cent in Rai, 90 per cent in Gangli and 45-50 per cent in fruits. Production in cotton increases by 17 to 20 percent.