Vol. 4, Issue 6 (2017)
Honey value chain Analysis - A case study of gahate Village, Lamjung District of Nepal
Author(s): S Shrestha, B Pandey, BP Mishra
Abstract: Beekeeping is a low investment and low input business enterprise with immediate return. It not only has the potential to transform thousands of lives of Nepalese people but also makes the sustainable use of natural resources prevalent throughout the country. In Nepal, honey production is successfully acquired in a wide range of altitude i.e. from 70 to 4,200 meters above sea level. In recent years beekeeping has been recognized as a pivotal avenue towards poverty alleviation, livelihood enhancement and food security. The assessment of honey value chain was conducted in Lamjung district of Nepal which is located to the west of Kathmandu, the Capital city of Nepal. A village of Lamjung district named as Gahate, which is approaching towards commercialisation of honey despite being one of the remote and undeveloped areas of Nepal was selected for the study. The information was primarily collected through Key Informant Interview (KII) and Focus Group Discussion (FGD). Visits were also carried out to agencies like District Agriculture Development Office (DADO), Agriculture Service Centre (ASC), Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Lamjung and discussions were held with the key officials. The various actors engaged in honey value chain in Gahate, Lamjung include input suppliers, service providers and stakeholders, producers, wholesalers, retailers, consumers and transporters. In the study, it was found that almost every house possess one beehive with maximum number of beehive equal to 80. Apis cerana is the major honey bee reared in this region. It was found that the beekeepers of this region sell honey directly to local consumers at Rs.700 per kg or to the wholesalers from Kathmandu and Pokhara at Rs 675 per kg. Payment for the product is mostly done through direct cash but sometimes credit transactions also take place between different value chain actors. There is no provision of grading, processing and labelling of the product at producer’s point. The country's demand for honey is in increasing trend every year.