Gujarat-based couple Tanvi and Himanshu Patel belong to the rising inhabitants of people who find themselves willingly quitting their company jobs for natural farming.
They left their jobs once they realised that their agricultural land was laden with chemical compounds by the farmer who had leased it. At the time, Himanshu, a mechanical engineer, was working as a senior supervisor on the JSW energy plant. Tanvi was a college trainer.
In 2019, the duo started their natural farming journey. While searching for alternate options to dangerous pesticides, beekeeping popped up throughout certainly one of their web searches.
“If the crops and vegetables receive enough pollination, the growth can be faster. We first experimented on our own and then got training in beekeeping from the Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK),” Tanvi tells The Better India.
This information has been included into their homegrown honey model Svadya, which as we speak has a presence throughout the nation. They started with only one or two wood crates of honey, regularly growing to 100, after which 500.
The duo shares how they not solely developed their enterprise of promoting uncooked honey, but additionally helped farmers from the neighbouring farm shift to natural cultivation.
Bees can die immediately in the event that they inhale chemical compounds inside a radius of 3-4 kilometres. When those in Tanvi and Himanshu’s experimental crates died after inhaling chemical compounds from the neighbouring farm, the couple misplaced near Rs 3,60,000, they are saying.
So by the subsequent season — between October and April — they migrated the containers to the opposite finish of the farm. They requested the neighbouring farmer to surrender chemical farming on 3 bighas (1 bigha is 0.275 acre) of his land.
They bought beehives from beekeepers, and in every wood crate, harvested eight beehives, which contained a complete of 30,000 bees.
“We purchased beehives for Rs 4,000 during the season, otherwise it can cost up to Rs 17,000. We got the crates from KVK and began harvesting the bees, which can take up to 12 days. The maintenance per year costs around Rs 1,50,000, including their food, labour charges and migration charges if the position is to be changed,” says Himanshu.
The duo has to dedicate two hours every day to keep up the containers, and on the day of harvest, it takes them upto 12 hours to attend all of the containers. “We transfer the honeycomb in an empty box and remove the honey from the surface. We use a honey extractor machine to do this without harming the eggs. While removing, we wear all the safety gear and stay calm throughout the process, so as to not scare the bees. The maintenance is not much, but in the off-season, we have to give them sugar syrup, fruit juices and jaggery water to maintain their health,” explains Tanvi.
Tanvi and Himanshu say they don’t course of the honey, and package deal it uncooked below their FSSAI-certified model. They promote round 300 kilos of honey each month, and get a median revenue of Rs 9 lakh to Rs 12 lakh.
When requested what advertising methods the duo adopted to get orders from throughout India, Tanvi says it was all phrase of mouth. Several of Himanshu’s former colleagues on the JSW plant in Barmer, Rajasthan, bought the honey and shared it with their family. The duo additionally used social media to unfold the phrase.
Their complete farm manufacturing elevated by 1.5 occasions, because of pollination, the duo says. Seeing this, neighbouring farmers additionally borrowed the crates for a similar.
“I borrowed three crates from Tanvi for my last cycle of fennel cultivation on my 3 bigha land. My production increased by 50% and I did not use any chemicals or pesticides. It was completely organic. I was pleasantly surprised to see the impact of beehives on my farm. I hope to get beehives of my own soon,” Pakaji Thakor, Tanvi’s neighbouring farmer, says.
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Edited by Divya Sethu