NEXT EUCALYPTUS SEASON
2013-14 mustard season has been a disaster for the beekeepers, exporters and equipment
manufacturers alike. This has been the worst season in the memory of Indian beekeepers.
Everyone had a very high hope from this season as prices were moderate to high at
the beginning of season. Unprecedented rains and dense fog that started in the last
week of December continued replica breitling girard perregaux complications throughout January and even upto mid February dashing
the hopes of a good honey harvest. The weather opened up a little during beginning
of February giving a ray of hope for last honey harvest. But due to sudden increase
of temperature, nectar flow reduced considerably and robbing was witnessed that
did not allow honey harvest.
Beekeepers anxiety was heightened due to extra-ordinary high honey prices due to
non-availability of honey in the field.
HOPE IS HIGH FOR EUCALYPTUS SEASON
After a disastrous mustard season of 2013-14, beekeepers are pinning high hopes
from eucalyptus season. Eucalyptus season has played hide and seek with Indian beekeepers
since 2000 and the harvests were never optimum except in Sunderban area of West
Bengal. Destruction of eucalyptus forests and uprooting due to widening of roads,
etc. reduced the area considerably. The recent trends of social forestry plantation
with clonal and hybrids of eucalyptus are not as favoured by the honey bees as earlier
varieties, as has been the observation of several beekeepers.
A strange fact was the continuation of eucalyptus flowering even during the extreme
cold, windy and rainy weather conditions of December 2013 to January 2014 whereas,
the flowering used to almost stop during the previous years.
Eucalyptus is now on full bloom and the prospects of a good honey season sees bright.
But the weather may still continue its dirty tricks. It has been cloudy, windy and
rained heavily during the mid of February 2014 due to western disturbances. Weather
gods may still destroy beekeepers party!
Coriander crop is severely damaged by rains/hail storm
It is double blow to the already beleaguered beekeepers who after a failed mustard
season were pinning their hopes on coriander that produce characteristic unifloral
honey. After rains in 3rd week of February, weather improved a bit and temperature
increased abruptly. But it was disaster in the last week of February when repeated
heavy rains and hailstorms severely damaged coriander crop. It lead to complete
loss of crop in Guna district of Madhya Pradesh and severe loss in Baran, Chhabra
and Kota area of Rajasthan. The hopes of beekeepers who were looking forward to
a good coriander crop were completely dashed. It was a double disaster for beekeepers
firstly, in terms of a lost honey season and secondly, huge losses on migration
Honey traders and Beekeepers opting corrupt beekeeping practices
In the backdrop of a failed main mustard season and now the coriander season too,
few honey traders and beekeepers are adopting corrupt practices of making artificial/synthetic
honey to maximize their profits. Honey exporters are in full knowledge of these
practices and are still procuring adulterated honey from them at exorbitant prices
upwards of Rs. 135 a kilogram. There is an urgent need to pin point these bad fishes
who are bent upon maligning the good name of Indian honey in world market. Where
this adulterated honey is heading is any body’s guess!!!!