How to increase profits on Quality honey?
Beekeeping and honey processing is a business like any other, so beekeepers should take the necessary steps to increase productivity, which in turn will make their business more profitable.
To maintain the Export Quality Honey in Pakistan produced, beekeepers must ensure that their hives are properly maintained throughout the year. It is also important to keep records at each inspection of the hive to follow the progress of each colony.
Two to three times a month the hive should be inspected, noting the date of laying, observations on the condition of the hive and the honey yield in kg. You should also improve your beekeeping skills by attending seminars and training workshops. Here are some other ways to add value to your beekeeping.
Collect your honey
Join or set up a honey producers’ cooperative to take the first step towards mass production. The cooperative can then sell honey in large quantities and make money faster. If the cooperative produces more than 15 tons of honey, it is more profitable to sell honey wholesale to industrial customers, which ensures a secure and easily accessible market.
Think about the future, think globally. Don’t stop with a single hive, reinvest the profits in increasing the number of hives in the apiary, which will significantly increase honey yields, and before long you’ll be thinking about Export Quality Honey in Pakistan.
There are useful references to international honey standards in the EU Honey Directive (honey to be imported into EU countries must comply with the Directive’s definition) and the Codex Alimentarius Honey Standard – the global honey standard used by the world’s major honey importers.
These include standards and methods for determining the following quality factors in honey: moisture, ash, acidity, apparent reducing sugar, apparent sucrose, diastase activity and water-insoluble matter. Read these documents online and see how you can ensure that your honey and other bee products meet international import standards.
The four main by-products of honey production are beeswax, pollen, royal jelly and propolis. There is a significant market for beeswax in developed countries. Beeswax can be sold to commercial producers for use in medicines, cosmetics, furniture polishing, art materials and candles.
As pollen contains large amounts of vitamin B12 and vitamin E and has a higher percentage of protein than meat, it is considered to be very nutritious and is used as an additive in food, in the perfume industry and as medicine.
Rich in nutrients such as proteins, amino acids, fatty acids, sugars, vitamins and minerals, Royal Jelly is a valuable skin care product and dietary supplement. Propolis is used as a disinfectant, to treat corns, gums and upper respiratory diseases, and to varnish violins.
You can also add value to beekeeping by producing end products from the bees themselves. For example, the following products require no specialist knowledge and can easily be made at home. These include candles, leather balm, shoe cream, wood preservative, chapped lip balm, honey ointment, saddle soap/skin cream and Vaseline.