Cost & Benefits of Beekeeping in Pakistan

Production of Honey In Bee Keeping

ITEM Part-Time BeeKeeping Full-time BeeKeeping

Number of Colonies

5

50

100

200

Capital Expenditure

      Standard Langstroth bee hive (with bees) @ Rs.4500/- per hiveRs.22,500Rs.225,000Rs.450,000Rs.900,000
       Comb foundation press

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-

Rs.18,000Rs.18,000
       Honey extractorRs.2,000Rs.6,000Rs.10,000Rs.10,000
       Nucleus hives @ Rs.500/-Rs.2,500Rs.25,000Rs.50,000Rs.100,000
       Pollen traps @ Rs.200/-Rs.200Rs.3,000Rs.3,000Rs.5,000
      Miscellaneous tools (bee veil, hive tool, smoker, tent etc.)Rs.500Rs.6,000Rs.7,000Rs.14,000
Total
Rs.27,700Rs.265,000Rs.538,000Rs.1,047,000

Production Cost

       Nectar & pollenFree gift of nature
      Transportation of colonies (migration)

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Rs.10,000Rs.20,000Rs.48,000
      Supplemental feeding 12 kg sugar per colony@ Rs.40/- per kgRs.2,400Rs.24,000Rs.48,000Rs.96,000
      Depreciation on equipmentRs.2,710Rs.26,500Rs.53,800Rs.104,700
      Rent of stores

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Rs.5,000Rs.10,000Rs.15,000
      Rent of apiary sites in the form of honey (obligatory)

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Rs.1,000Rs.2,000Rs.4,000
      Bee Attendants @ Rs.3000/- per month + food

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Rs.36,000Rs.72,000Rs.108,000
      Misc. expenses (chemicals/medicines)

Rs.500

Rs.3,000Rs.6,000Rs.12,000
Total
Rs.5,610Rs.105,500Rs.211,800Rs.375,700

Gross Income

      Honey 25 kg @ Rs.80/- per kg (different sources 10 kg 'ber’ @ Rs.250/- per kgRs.6,000Rs.185,000Rs.370,000Rs.740,000
      Royal jelly per 50 colonies

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Rs.10,000Rs.20,000Rs.40,000
      Beeswax 250gm per hive @ Rs.200/- per kgRs.250Rs.2,500Rs.5,000Rs.10,000
      Pollen (surplus) 250 gm per colony @ Rs.600/- per kgRs.1,000Rs.7,500Rs.14,500Rs.29,000
      Nucleus hive @ Rs.1000/-Rs.1,000Rs.15,000Rs.30,000Rs.60,000
Total
Rs.8,250Rs.220,000Rs.439,500Rs.879,000
Net Income
Rs.2,640Rs.114,500Rs.227,700Rs.503,300

Economic Benefits Of Bee Farming

The major economic benefits of bee farming are:-

Crop pollination: The share of honeybees in crop pollination is 80 %. It also improves the quality of fruits, vegetables and yield of seed crops.

Honey Production: Honey production from occidental bees is up to 24 kg per colony per annum. The sidder honey fetches maximum price.

Bee hive value added products: Royal jelly, pollen and propolis are used as health food and beeswax in cosmetics.

Beekeepers in Pakistan maintaining a fairly large number of honeybee colonies and are capable of producing royal jelly, pollen propolis and bees wax.The production and value addition by-products would becomes the supplements income of beekeepers.

Bee on Flower