Sagar Bee Keeping Industry (SBKI) is a Bee Keeping Resource Center recognized by Nepal Government’s Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperative, Department of Industry. It was established in 1996 (B.S. 2053).At the beginning, we focused more on colony multiplication. After receiving training on colony management and getting recognition as Beekeeping Resource Centre from Beekeeping Development Section of Department of Agriculture, They intensified their beekeeping related activities. They have established hive carpentry workshops, a honey processing unit and training facilities. Now, They manage over 250 bee colonies and have their own brand of honey “Sagar Honey” which is getting good recognition in the domestic market. They deal with 30-40 metric tonnes of honey in a year and supply over 2000 bee hives to different development organizations that promote beekeeping as a part of income generation. They have been collaborating with GTZ, MEDEP, Winrock International and other government and non government organizations to promote beekeeping and honey market. At present, marketing of honey seems to be a big problem since per capita consumption of honey in Nepal is very low. High cost of transportation and weaker institutional mechanism to assure quality also pose difficulty in exporting Nepali honey. The main activities of SBKI are: Bee Hive industry Production and marketing of bee colonies of Apis Mellifera and Apis Cerana Production and marketing of other bee keeping materials Queen raring Honey Production and marketing Marketing support to small beekeepers Bee Keeping trainings and consultation services from own resources as well as in partnership with other organizations Study visit in international market Free counseling services to farmer Partner organizations of SBKI in Past and present WINROCK International Participatory District Development Program-PDDP/UNDP Micro Enterprise Development Program-MEDEP/UNDP Local Governance Program-LGP/UNDP Park and People / UNDP IUCN/Doti GTZ- Freed Kamaiya Food Security Project / Banke and Bardiya LFP NEFSCUN District Agriculture Development Office District Soil Conservation Office District Forest Office Action Aid-Nepal Rural Self Help Development Program-RSDC Human Welfare and Environment Development Center-HWEPC Village Development committee.
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