Honey bee Confederation of Apiculture Industry (CAI), an organization of beekeeper farmers, has demanded from the National Bee Board to fix a standard price for the honey of beekeeper farmers. He says that due to lack of standard price, farmers are forced to sell their products cheaply. In such a situation, they start shying away from beekeeping. CAI National President Devvrat Sharma, in his latest letter to the Executive Director of the National Bee Board (NBB), has reiterated the demand for setting a standardized price of honey in the interest of beekeeper farmers.
forced to sell below cost
He wrote, ‘A large number of beekeepers across the country are forced to sell their honey to packers, traders and exporters at rates much lower than the actual cost of production. “This unfortunate situation is not only causing financial loss to beekeepers, but is also having a negative impact on the overall beekeeping industry.”
Farmers get less money
“This is discouraging people from working in this field,” he said. Devvrat Sharma wrote in his letter, ‘Our findings show that the actual production cost of mustard honey (the most exported honey from the country) is around Rs 100 per kg. While the cost of production of other varieties like multi-flora, litchi, jamun and others is around Rs 150 per kg. Unfortunately, in the absence of pricing guidelines from an apex body like the National Bee Board, buyers get undue advantage. They buy honey from farmers at a lower price.
There should be standard purchase rate for mustard honey.
CAI National President Sharma has requested the intervention of the Executive Director of NBB to resolve this serious issue. They have sought to specify standardized procurement rates to determine the minimum price of mustard honey.
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