We at The West Indian Honey Company are a community of beekeepers and honey sellers. As beekeepers, we work with the planet’s most diligent creatures to sustain environment and ecosystem. The bee-keeping community in India is not the best kept and does not get advantage of the flourishing honey and honey products market.
As beekeepers, we discharge our responsibilities towards 2 stake-holders – the bee-keepers and the honey-bee themselves. The bee-keepers in India do not get their due and have to struggle for their livelihood. As an organised player in the honey and other natural products, The West India Honey Company does its bit by supporting this beekeeping community. To do this effectively, we work on their training, equipping with the right resource, setting a price mechanism, getting them government benefits and a fair price from the market. When it comes to bee-keeping, the secondary beneficiaries and stake-holders are crop farmers whose crops are the feed of the honey-bees.
As for the honey bees are concerned, the common knowledge is limited to their role in producing honey, and their stings. Little information is available about the produce, its quality, and the factors affection efficiency of the yield. Our focus is on getting the most appropriate honeybees for our bee-farm and also for those who request our help in setting up their own farms.
These are some more ways in which we care for our bees and ensure the best condition for them:-
- Putting the most optimum numbers of honeybees in each box
- Migrating the boxes when the climatic conditions are inhibitive
- Using micro-smokers only for honey extraction
- Leaving honey residue as feed for the bees rather than feeding them artificial sweetener
- Using propolis as box-sealant rather than tarpaulin or other artificial material
- Due diligence and care of the queen-bee