Apiary and cultivation of honey bee flora are complementary to each other as the honey bee from apiary helps in pollination and consequent increase in productivity and honey bee flora acts as a source of nectar for the honey-bee. Apiary also helps in income generation among the rural women.
Benefit of the system:
1. Source of income for rural women.
2. Increase in production of bee pollinated crops and consequent increase in income.
Farmers of Sagar island have taken up the cultivation of selected honey bee flora/crop.
28 apiary units are established by rural women at Sagar island. From such units honey is collected with an average production of 8 Kg per unit. Six units have produced bee colonies and earned Rs 2100 per unit on average.