Y: After Manghar was declared as ‘Madhache Gaav’, there was a lot of pull on the town. This is the first project of its kind in the country and similar projects will be implemented in other districts of the state. Khadi and the Village Industries Board are making efforts to push this project forward as the beekeeping industry is a major industry related to agriculture.
Manghar (Tal. Mahabaleshwar) is now known as the first beekeeping and honey producing village in India. The project will be useful for nature conservation along with bee conservation. Seeing the development of the area due to honey production, the executive director of the department, Anshu Sinha, came up with the concept of the Madhache Gaon. Now she’s really going down. Industry Minister Subhash Desai and MLA Makrand Patil launched the initiative last week.
The sweetness of honey is mainly due to glucose and monounsaturated fructose. Honey is also used for medicinal purposes. It also contains glucose and other sugars, as well as vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. After tasting real honey, the sweetness of honey on the tongue disappears in just 15 seconds, while the sweetness of sugar syrup or artificial honey on the tongue lasts 15 minutes. Madhala is very important in Ayurveda. Honey is a fortifying and nutritious food and medicine that is useful for the body. Beeswax obtained from beekeeping is used to make cosmetics, medicines and church candles. Bee pollination increases the production of agricultural crops.
Bees collect honey from the flowers of plants like Jambul, Ova, Karanj, Karvi, Eucalyptus, Mustard, Lychee, Shevaga, Sunflower, Hirda-Gela, Omeranda, etc. Of these, purple honey is abundant in Mahabaleshwar. Chafa, jai, jui, mogra, lotus, rose are some of the flowers. The Directorate of Honey was established in Mahabaleshwar in 1957 for the purpose of developing and expanding bees. The Directorate strives to increase the number of bees, as well as their positive propagation, and to introduce the concept of honey tourism along the lines of agritourism.
In addition to the conservation and conservation of bees in this village, efforts are being made to provide permanent employment for villagers living in mountainous and forested areas. Bees are seen as an important part of nature’s food chain. Bees also greatly increase crop yields. The villages will become self-sufficient through such initiatives. Boxes of honey have also been distributed to the inhabitants of that village.
Sahyadri hilly farms spread in western Maharashtra, flowering plants in the area, orchards are complementary to beekeeping. Khadi Village Industries Department is making efforts to make beekeeping an important business for farmers. Farmers keep bees in more than 5,103 villages in 185 talukas in 31 districts of the state. The economic improvement of farmers is being achieved through beekeeping. Beekeeping promotes the conservation of nature and the environment. Therefore, the bee not only produces honey, but its pollination increases crop yields. Also, the product copy improves. The farmers in the hills have taken up important occupations such as beekeeping as their main source of income along with farming. People living in the mountainous and now remote areas of the Western Ghats have great potential for beekeeping. Honey production is giving farmers financial stability. Farmers from Mahabaleshwar, Jawali, Wai and Radhanagari, Bhudargad, Ajra talukas of Kolhapur district in Satara keep bees and collect honey.
What’s in a manger?
The villagers have been producing honey as a supplement to agriculture since 1948. This work is done through the Khadi Village Industries Committee. Eighty-five percent of the villagers are engaged in honey production. There are 3,800 boxes of honey in this town. They are kept in the field or in the forest. The nest has at least five to eight boxes of honey. Each hive matures every eight to ten days and produces seven to eight kilograms of honey. About 20% of the honey produced in Mahabaleshwar is produced in Manghar. Each urn produces 30 to 35 kg of honey per year. Honey produced in Mahabaleshwar is sold to Madhusagar Madhotpadan Sanstha. The manghar’s share in this is five thousand kilos. Each hive contains 15,000 to 20,000 bees. Honeycombs kept in the forest are covered with plastic sheeting to make it a bit darker. Because bees collect honey only in dark places. Due to the dense forest in Mahabaleshwar, numerous Ayurvedic herbal plants like Jambul Ghera, Hirda, Pisa, Yasi, Karvi are found here. Purple in January-February, siege in May, caraway once every seven years, and different plants bloom in different seasons. Bees collect honey from it. This gives good profits and bonuses to farmers. Apart from this, Khadi Village Department of Industries and Agriculture also provides subsidies and boxes of honey.
The Madhusagar Honey Production Cooperative Society is the only natural honey cooperative society in the state. The organization covers 110 villages. Of 1,700 members, 600 are honey producers. Founded in 1955, it is a Class A institution. The organization collects 36,000 kg of non-chemical honey each year. The company has a turnover of Rs 3 crore.
President, Madhusagar Honey Production Cooperative Society, Mahabaleshwar
In Satara, Military Apishge is a village of soldiers, Bhilar (Tal. Mahabaleshwar) is a village of books, and now Manghar will be known as the first village to raise bees and produce honey.