Orissa tribals adopt beekeeping business

Koraput (Orrisa), Sep 8: Tribals in Orissa's Kaoraput district take to apiculture to earn a living. A non- governmental organization called 'Sarvodaya Committee' initiated the honey collection in 1955, aided by Orissa Khadi and Village industry board.

The beekeepers collect the honeybees and keep them in a box hive and wait for at least three months for the bees to produce honey.

"At first we catch the queen bee from the jungle and keep it in a safe place. Then all the other bees come searching for the queen bee and we catch them. This is how we collect the bees and keep them in a box hive," Ugresan Guntha, a honey collector.

"The Koraput area is a cold region due to which the cultivation of the Italian bee known as Melifera Mexica is very profitable. The honey produced by the normal Indian bee is around fifteen kilograms of in a year but the honey produced by the Italian bee known as the Malifera Mexica is around 40-45 kilograms," said Krushna Dalei, a beekeeper.

He also said that the months from December to April are very good season for the collection of honeybees.

The demand for the honey produced in these beekeeping fields is very high.

The beekeepers have to check the honeybees every ten days and look after their needs.

The five kinds of honey bee that are found in Orissa are called Rock bee, Apis bee, Apis Melipa, Apis Maila, and Apis Melifera, which is the most profitable.

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