Sweet Honey, Sweet Money
Bishnu, 51, a resident of Kaphalbas Municipality in Baitadi, Nepal, who stayed away in India for ten years, is now back to his country. Once away from his family for a long time, is now back with the enthusiasm to start his own bee farming.
Bishnu knew the traditional methods of bee farming, however, he was keen to learn improved methods. He took the training provided by Government’s Apiculture Department to enhance his capacity and skills. Oxfam’s Building Economic Resilience project introduced in his village helped him further improve his knowledge about bee keeping and bee hives. Till date, he has 47 improved bee hives which produces 400 kilograms of honey annually, rendering to 400,000 Nepali rupees of earnings per year.
Furthermore, he is actively involved in the local cooperative where he received loan for betterment of his bee farming. Through the project, he was also connected with different government subsidies program such as prime minister modernization project named honey pocket. Bishnu is also considered as a resource person amongst his community members.
Now, highly renowned around his village as a master of bee farming, Bishnu plans to open an enterprise where he wants to make bee hives and sell bees, hives and honey to potential bee farmers in his community.