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Techniques of Eco Friendly Wild Honey Harvesting
Development Alternatives

Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2007 | 10:34:00 PM


A non-profit organisation established in 1983 creating large scale sustainable livelihoods

Capacity Building Series (2007- 08)

Techniques of

Eco Friendly Wild Honey Harvesting

(27th, 28th & 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.

Due to 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.

Awareness 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.

Therefore, 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, Field Demonstration



·         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 bee)

-          wild bee species namely dwarf bee (Apis florea) and giant rockbee (Apis dorsata),

·         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.



This programme is designed for Honey Promoters, Honey Harvesters and Entrepreneurs, Micro Enterprise Developers, Development Professionals from NGOs, CSR Professionals, officers from Central and State governments, and international development organizations concerned about protection of biodiversity or interested in promoting honey harvesting as an income generating activity or as a micro enterprise.



3 Days

The training will be for a period of 3 days which will essentially consist of:


a.       Class room sessions

b.       A guided tour to the development models within TARAgram campus

c.       An evening out to visit the Orchha temples and fort.




INR 10,000 per participant for Indian Participants


INR 18,000 (450 USD) for Overseas Participants  


To be sure of participation, we request you to send the nomination form (enclosed below) and the course fee (non-refundable) by 24th Dec, 2007.


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 -


Training Coordinator

Development Alternatives

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.



The training will be held in TARAgram, Appropriate Technology Centre, Orchha, Madhya Pradesh. TARAgram is a campus set in the rural environment of Orchha. It is a centre which showcases the Livelihood models developed by DA in the field of appropriate technology, and environment.

Participants to the training will be provided a guided tour of the campus which will enrich the learnings from the class room sessions.


Tips of getting to TARAgram

Participants coming by train should take a ticket till Jhansi (UP) Railway station. From there, TARAgram is 9 kms away. There will be a pick up facility based on the information provided on the arrival time.


Other Useful Tips


1. The Training fee covers the following:

  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Course material
  • Leisure trip to the famous Orchha Temples 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 5.45 pm


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 registered.


 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.




1.       Route map - how to get to TARAgram from Jhansi Railway Station


2.       TARAgram Campus - an overview


3.       Orchha Temples and fort - a glimpse



Resource Person

Dr. Gopal 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 & UNDP-KVIC

-          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 Maharishi Vedic Organic University, 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 America).


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 harvesting.


Enquiries and Suggestions

If you have any queries or suggestions for the training or nominations, please contact the following:



Juhi Nigam - 0510 2911 368, 0983 9820 689

E-mail:  trainings@devalt.org


Development Alternatives

111/9-Z, Kishangarh, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi -1100 70, India




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Training date Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Intended Audience HOney promoters, harvesters, entrepreneurs, micro,
Cost INR 10,000

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Contact Juhi
Telephone 0510 2911 368
Email trainings@devalt.org
Website http://www.devalt.org

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