Departmental Units Bee-keeping Industry
Bee-keeping Industry


The Directorate of Beekeeping was established in 1946 at Mahabaleshwar
Main Objectives

  1. To provide self-employment to beekeepers
  2. To undertake Research, Training & Development activities
  3. To provide healthy bee colonies and equipments at  reasonable rates
  4. Purchase of honey, wax and by­product  at guaranteed rates


The Board is implementing the beekeeping scheme for the purpose of spreading pollination by providing bee boxes to the farmers and for generating additional employment for the beekeepers in the State. The Board’s departmental unit viz. the apiculture institute set up at mahabaleshwar is carrying out research, development and extension programme. The funds recieved by the Board for this programme from

1. Horticulture department fo government of India
2. Planning Department of the State Government for Western Ghat development Programme
3. Khadi & Village Industries comission for the regular programme of the Board under Bee-keeping Industry.

The Board has set up a Departmental centre — Bee-keeping Institute, at Mahabaleshwar, District Satara with a view to impart training in Bee-keeping to traditional Bee-keepers and poor farmers in the hilly areas, provide them with financial assistance and technical guidance and also a source of supplementary income.

The center undertakes the work of imparting training in beekeeping, supply of bee boxes, providing technical guidance, supply of bee-colonies, distribution of bee queens, capturing of colonies and breeding of new colonies, production of honey through nursery colonies, research, processing of honey, sale of honey and wax etc.