Honey Making At Araku Valley – Small Scale Business

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Honey bees and Beeswax on the frame of box at Araku Valley
Honey bees and Beeswax on the frame of a box at Araku Valley

Honey Making at Araku Valley

As we were roaming around this place from one waterfall to another, on one side of the road we saw some blue boxes lined up in what seemed like uncultivated land. We stopped to find out what they were. Right there on the road, a vendor was selling honey in small plastic bottles. When asked where does he get the nectar from, he pointed to the same blue boxes. With some interpretation help, we asked him to show us the boxes.

Honey-Making Blue boxes all over at Araku Valley
Blue boxes all over

Honey Boxes

These boxes are mini biofactories. There are wooden frames stacked up inside the boxes and the honey bees are attracted to them. Over a period of time, the frames are filled with the nectar and bee wax. These boxes are kept covered from the top unless the beekeeper has to examine or take out the frames. There is a small hole at the bottom of the box that is meant for the bees to use for entering and exiting the box.

A closer look at the box at Araku Valley
A closer look at the box

I was scared when the bee-keeper just took out a wooden frame from the box. And held it with his bare hands to show it to us. But he was absolutely cool about it. He told us that each box can yield 5-7 kgs of honey in a month’s time. It is a pretty profitable business, though a small-scale one. I thought it could be a good employment generation opportunity for people in this area. As flowers are in abundance making it a viable place for the nectar. The boxes are portable so they can be shifted to various places and need not occupy any prime cultivable land. The labor required is also not high. Though some skill may need to be developed to handle the bees.

We purchased a bottle of the nectar that was on sale. Said thank you to the local vendor. I was happy to learn about another small business that can be done in a very eco-friendly way without much investment. This is how each travel enriches me with unexpected experiences.

Recommend you to read the following places to visit in Araku Valley and on the Vizag tour.

Train Ride to Araku Valley

Araku Tribal Museum

Bamboo Chicken

Borra Caves

Coffee Chocolates

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