organisation established in 1983 creating large scale sustainable livelihoods
CapacityBuilding Series (2007- 08)
Eco FriendlyWild Honey Harvesting
& 29th December 2007)
In rural India, the honey-wax collection from docile
and wild bee-species is a popular practice performed by the locals to
earn their seasonal livelihood. Every year, collectively more than 20,000
tonnes of honey-wax is gathered. In the last 150 years, bee-scientists have discovered the rearing of docile bee-species like Apis cerana and Apis
mellifera with the use of wooden boxes and movable parallel frames. This
enabled the sustainable and eco-friendly production of honey. Although, these
efforts have opened a new arena for docile bee-species, however that of the
wild bee-species namely Apis dorsata(rockbees, Bhanvar bee-species) and Apis
florea (little garden bee-species, dwarf bees) remained mostly unattended by scientific concepts.
the lack of awareness and alternative scientific methods, honey is still being
gathered from these wild bees by smocking and burning methods. This causes
tremendous loss to our ecosystem because burning of adult bees hampers the
natural process of cross-pollination in flowering vegetation and it also leads to
big forest fires especially during the summer months. Very recently,
bee-scientists have developed eco-friendly management practices even for wild
bee-species like Apis dorsata.
creation about the sound practices of honey-wax production from various
bee-species have been identified very important and useful for entrepreneurs
and NGOs promoting biodiversity. This training is for all those promoting honey
harvesting as an income generating activity or as a micro-enterprise, since on
the adoption of evolved practices of bee management, the volume of honey
obtained increases over time.
we propose the present training with an intention to create awareness amongst
all the stakeholders wishing to work in the field of honey-enterprise with a
focus on bee-conservation. It would enable them to promote such techniques for
both higher income generation and increased biodiversity.
·To understand the basic biology and behaviour of commercially important bee-varieties
·To understand the traditional popular practices of honey-hunting and their implications on eco-system
·To learn evolved management practices of honey-wax collection relevant to different bee-varieties
·To learn methods of storage, processing of honey and wax, their value added recipes, quality control, packaging of finished products and market endorsement
·To understand why promotion and adoption of such techniques is important and how to do it.
Lectures, Interactive Learning, Visual Presentations,
·Introduction to different species of honeybees, their specific characters, nesting preferences, composition, division of labour, association with the flowers through cross pollination-maintenance of bio-diversity, etc.
·Discussion on traditional methods of honey-wax harvesting from various bee species and their adverse impacts on survival of bee societies in the forests and fields.
·Evolved methods of culturing both
-docile honeybee species like Apis cerana (Indian Satpudia bee
species) and Apis mellifera (Italian
-wild bee species namely dwarf bee (Apis florea) and giant rockbee (Apis
·Introduction of equipment required for rearing and managing
bees for honey-wax collection, storage and processing.
·Importance of honey and wax for mankind, their chemical composition, types of honey, usefulness, eating practices, value addition along with their low-cost storage, processing, quality control and packaging.
Honey Promoters, Honey Harvesters
and Entrepreneurs, Micro Enterprise Developers,
CSR Professionals,concerned about protection
of biodiversity or interested in promoting honey harvesting as an income
generating activity or as a micro enterprise.
INR 10,000 per participant
for Indian Participants
INR 18,000 (450 USD) for
To be sure of participation, we request you to send the nomination form
(enclosed below) and the course fee (non-refundable) by 24th
The confirmation is made after the payment and the seats are reserved
on First Come First Serve basis.
Indian participants to make payment through Demand Draft drawn in
favour of Development
Alternatives payable at Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh The
address for sending the Demand Draft is -
1087, Civil Lines
Ph.-+91 510 2911368
Overseas participants may please send the fees through wire transfer. The details of the wire transfer will be
sent to each selected trainee once we get their nomination form.
Other Useful Tips
1. The Training fee covers the following:
trip to the famous OrchhaTemples and Fort
2. The participants can arrive one day before the training date and
leave on last day of the training by a train which leaves around
3. The participants will be expected to book and reserve their tickets.
The training fee does not include the travel expenses.
4. DA reserves the right to withhold the fee for administrative and
other costs for cancellations prior to the start of a course. A suitably
qualified replacement may attend the course in place of the registered person.
DA also reserves the right to cancel a course if too few participants have
5. Interested participants who are unable attend this Training on
the given dates due to prior engagements can let us know of their interest. We
will keep you informed when the same training is conducted again.
Natthuji Paliwal, Ph. D. (Apiculture-Entomology)
Dr. Paliwal is the Director of Centre for Bee Development, Wardha, Maharashtra, India.
He holds the following distinctions:
-National Consultant, Khadi and Village Industries Commission, Mumbai
-Visiting Scientist, Anna Purna Ltd.' Floriano, (PI), Brazil (Latin America)
-Wildbee Consultant, WWF for animals (MP), Centre for People's forestry
(AP), Forest Department (AP), Girijan Co-operative Corporation (GCC-AP), Tribal
Commissioner, Vidharba (MS)
He has also possesses a rich Overseas experience:
-At Hanoi (Viet Nam) 1996, for participating 3rd Asian Apiculture
Association (AAA) Conference, Ha Nai, (Viet Nam- South East Asia) 1996,
-At Falkanberg & Voldrop (Holland - Germany in Europe) visited (Feb-Aug,
2002) & worked with MaharishiVedicOrganicUniversity, Holland, for the production
of Vedic organic honey.
-At 'Guadalupe' & 'Pacajuse' (Brazil) as the Visiting
Bee-Scientist for 'Anna Purna Ltd., Floriano, Piauí state (Brazil- Latin
Besides this, he also
holds several publications and awards to his credit apart from the important
fact that he has been actively involved in the promotion of eco friendly honey
Enquiries and Suggestions
If you have any
queries or suggestions for the training or nominations, please contact the