HOW TO START BEE FARMING BUSINESS
Honey is one of the most beneficial natural products we have. From working like sweetener to being used for skin and detox, this sugary secretion is so versatile, that it is irreplaceable. It has anti-bacterial and healing properties and daily consumption of it provides great results. This tasty viscous liquid although available to us in jars and bottles in market, has a big procedure of procurement behind it. The bees produce them by extracting nectar from flower. The nectar is consumed and sloshed with enzymes in bees’ stomach called crop. Here the chemical composition and pH level of nectar changes and the result is honey which can be stored for long time. Honey is then transferred to honey comb and it is from there, we procure our honey.
Bee Farming popularly called apiculture is maintenance of bee colonies for honey. It not only helps to gain profit through honey but also is a very important process for maintaining the balance of ecosystem. India is among the top ten countries in total honey production in the world with an annual bee production of about 1.05 lakh metric tonnes. These results show that India has significantly improved its bee farm business and the industry is booming at a steady pace.
If you are interested in Bee Farm Business, Let’s have a look at how you can set it up in India:
Create a Plan
Decide beforehand what is going to be the size of your bee farm business. If you are manufacturing, you need to understand it is not an easy task and requires a good understanding of science and technology behind it. You will have to hire professionals and the scale of your business will be big. With that decide what will be your reach. Since you have a bee farm set up for yourself are you willing to also market it online? Decide how big of a space you are expecting to have and will you be also handing out the deliveries. And if it is also set up as an online store, how are you going to manage storage, packaging, and delivery.
The growth will only follow if you thrive in the market and the bee farm business needs investment and time. One should always be ready for bad days and thus also take care of the amount that is produced daily because it is not easy of a task to manage the bees
Do your research
The bee farm business is not an easy venture to open. You have to do a lot of research about what are the most demanded variety of bee in the market and what you are going to have I your farm, what is their breeding periods, what is their breeding season, how many males you need to breed your bee, etc. You need to hire professionals who know the science behind bee farming. The bee farm business requires a lot of maintenance and you must know how to manage them wisely so that none of your product produced is wasted. You always have to be careful about any infection and medicines of the bee on your farm as there are very many types of diseases that bee develop which can infest your farm. So, Maintain Hygiene of your farm.
Take Permits and License
To start any business in India, you need to have legal permission sorted beforehand to avoid any hassles with government officials. Especially for bee farming, you’ll need to get yourself registered as a business person, get your GST registration, no objection certificate (NOC) from the local government, NOC from the pollution department, permission from the electrical department and the water department, and all other sorts of licenses and permits. Make sure you are ready with all the paperwork and to take multiple rounds of government offices because opening any business in India calls for this.
Choose the right Location and infrastructure
The location of your bee farm matters a lot. Try to keep your farm away from a place where there are already other bee farms presents there will be a crunch of resources and the customers will get distributed amongst the other bee farms businesses. Buy or rent a space that is big enough where you can store your items carefully and systematically. The place should be big enough for your bee to have appropriate space. The farm should have proper shed and ventilation.
Get the Manpower
It is important in the bee farm business that you have a team of learned individuals who know about bee farming. Managing a bee farm is not easy it requires perfect knowledge of breeding season, type of species used in bee farming, the behavior of bee, and so on. So you need to have a team with good qualifications and skills to manage the farm. You will need a considerable workforce just to do the cleaning so keep that in mind. You will need a skilled workforce to extract honey from hives too, so keep that in mind. Also, once you have a farm and you desire to build it bigger, have a trusted group of people who will help you on each level as this is not a task that can be handled alone.
Along with the in-house staff, if you are opening your horizon for delivery service, have delivery persons ready to go who can handle your honey jars with care and reach the delivery destination on time. Build a team you can trust!
Arrange equipment for maintenance
Your bee farming business will require you to have resources for maintenance. Although bee farming is done in natural habitat, it is required for you to arrange proper kits for your safety and equipment to extract honey from the hives. Make sure you follow all the safety measures and have a guarded environment.
Opening any business demands for an initial monetary fund that helps you set up the business, bee farm business calls for nominal initial fund. You should always keep some amount aside for any emergency. Thus, arrange your finances keeping in mind the above aspects and be ready to spend first. If you put your best effort, the business will definitely thrive and grow.
Create a website for advertising your products and services. Change your bee farm business into a brand name. Social Media is used by almost everyone around. It is almost certain that at least one person in your locality must be using any social media platform. Putting up pages on Facebook and Instagram, developing a strong SEO, and investing in marketing offline can bring great audience attraction to your bee farm business. Along with online, spending on offline methods to propagate business is necessary. Go old school and hand out pamphlets whenever a customer arrives. Since you have an offline store and most customers will save your number for future reference, you can invest in WhatsApp Business and use its marketing tools to propagate your business. It is convenient to use and digitally provides a personal touch as the medium is one-to-one messaging which has become one of the best provisions of converting prospects to customers. Remember to greet them nicely and make them feel important.
The demand for organic honey is huge. When you step in this business, there are very high chances that your business will succeed given you work hard and have a team who is always there to have your back.