Honey and wax is major non timber forest product of India. Amongst the four bee species (Apis dorsata, Apis florae, Apis idica and Apis serena indica) found in India, Rock Bee– Apis dorsata and Apis florea contributes 80% of annual honey production in India. Honey from Rock Bee is collected from the forest villages across the country and sold to the trader at different locations. But unfortunately this honey is collected by traditional method which is very crude and destructive, causing
Loss to Bee population;
Hampers the cross pollination service rendered by honey bees to our agricultural crops and forest vegetation, which ultimately results into ecological imbalance.
The use of fire in this traditional method is also responsible for burning the standing forest wealth.
The honey collected by this method is also not of a good quality as due to squeezing of the comb part of the brood comb, pollen also get mixed up with honey and it adversely affects the quality and shelf life of honey.
The price for such honey is also very less.
To make honey collection technique non violent and eco friendly “Centre of Science for Villages”, Dattapur, Wardha has evolved a set of appropriate and simple technologies which are non destructive and non violent. Technologies evolved and optimized by CSV are elaborated bellow.
Details of Technologies for collecting Honey From Rock Bee
To solve technological limitations of traditional methods, CSV evolved a range of technologies which are elaborated below
Sting Proof Dress:
Rock bees are ferocious in nature and they attack in swarm if they feel that their colony is likely to be attacked by an intruder. This natural instinct of rock bees has contributed a great deal in protecting this species from the aggressive nature of man and animal alike.
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