Livelihoods

To promote local livelihoods, in addition to ecotourism, the society is focused on beekeeping and its future plans include homestays and promotion of organic produce.

Beekeeping

The society hopes to revive beekeeping as an alternate livelihood in Uttarakhand through honey production, promote bee conservation and improve productivity of crops, horticulture and forest produce.

Apis cerana indica is the native bee of the hills of Uttarakhand. Traditionally, this was the bee used in wall beehives to produce honey. However, in recent years, people's enthusiasm for beekeeping and honey production is decreasing. There is need to rejuvenate beekeeping in Uttarakhand both as an alternate livelihood and for increased crop production.

Honey Bee Apis cerana indica

Selling honey

The Society sources honey from villagers and sells it on a no-profit, no-loss basis. It has recently installed a honey filtration machine at Thatyud and intends to process and sell honey under its own brand called "Deodar".

Society selling honey at the Pawalgarh Bird Festival

Beekeeping Training

The Society conducts training programs to promote adoption of beekeeping as an alternate livelihood. Arun Prasad has been conducting beekeeping training programs in Almora and Tehri Garhwal Districts as part of the Ajeevika project of the Uttarakhand Government.

Arun conducting beekeeping training

The Society offers beekeeping training programs on an end to end basis including assessment and survey of locations for suitability of beekeeping, training of local people in rearing bees, designing appropriate bee hives and bee boxes, and finally sourcing the honey produced for sale on a no-profit, no-loss basis.

If you are interested in conducting beekeeping training programs in your area contact Arun Prasad at arunapis1@gmail.com or call at 8449778400.

Wall beehive

Click here to watch Arun Prasad talking about Beekeeping on Krishi Darshan, DD 1.

Future plans

Homestays are being planned in the future as an alternate livelihood for the local villages.

Promoting organic farming & produce

It is planned to promote organic farming and marketing of the organic products in the future.
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