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Sweet Success
The Challenge:
The method of using wooden boxes in Mima Village, Nagaland for bee-rearing was crude and unhygienic due to moisture and dirt seepage, which led to poor quality of honey
The Solution:
  • The concept of using concrete or stone hives for underground beekeeping was introduced under NABARD’s Rural Innovation Fund (RIF)
  • A honey processing unit with a 50 kg capacity was constructed and sixty traditional beekeepers were trained to operate it
The Impact:
  • A thousand improved underground hives were constructed by the beekeepes
  • Improved efforts in collecting, storing, bottling and packaging honey
  • Increased the market value of Mima’s organic honey
  • Mima now produces three tons of honey
  • Generates an annual income of twelve lakhs from honey alone

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