Salient Features of ‘Sewagram Nisarg’ Honey (Pure, natural, eco-friendly forest honey gathered from wildbees by trained

tribals under DRDA, CAPART & Tribal Department)
Honey is highly precious gift of the nature to mankind. It is termed as the Ambrosia, a food of gods. Due to versatile medicinal applications of honey, it is gathered by man since the pre-historic times. In last 100 years, although scientists have investigated appropriate scientific techniques of rearing of docile bee-species for the commercial production of honey, wax & other products, the wild natured bee-species ignored largely due to their ferocity. Therefore, in the lack of proper management practices, the professional honey hunters traditionally hunt their nests by ruthless destructive means, which yield them the seasonable livelihood. As a result, more than 1.2 million rockbee nests (approximately 36,000,000,000 bees / 250 forest pockets in the country) are destructed every year. A declining population of bees in nature is a real threat to productivity of crops & forest vegetation. Bees are important for the cross-pollination services. In the lack pollination, not only the bio-diversity but also richness in vegetation is. Under these circumstances, the eco-techno group associated with Centre for Bee Development (CBeeD), Nalwadi Wardha (Paliwal G.N, Sunita Paliwal, Mound Uikey & D. B. Tembhare) has developed a very simple & eco-friendly technique of honey-wax harvesting from the colonies of wild nature bee-species (Bees for Development Journal, 77, 2005, pp. 3-4). The CBeeD is exclusively working for popularizing these evolved techniques of rockbee management amongst the traditional honey hunters in about 27 forest-rich districts of central & southern India with the involvement of local NGOs. The identified groups of honey hunters are being organized under ‘self help group (SHG)’. The skill up-gradation training is provided to these identified target groups by the technical team of CBeeD. Exclusive training camps are arranged in the localities of honey hunters. Duration of training in each camp is kept for about five days so that all technical details are disseminated to the target beneficiaries. In this way, the traditional destructive knowledge of honey-wax hunting is systematically upgraded with the simple and easy to adopt ‘non-violent’ knowledge. Adoption of new techniques leads to sustainable and repeated harvesting of very high quality honey & wax. A fairer buy-back arrangement for the produce is arranged to avert the insecurity price & selling of the produce in quantity. One such very successful experiment implemented in Vidharba region of Maharashtra State is through the projects supported by DRDA (Govt. of MS), CAPART (N. Delhi, Govt. of India) & Tribal Department (Govt. of MS). Here CBeeD has trained around 150 traditional bee-hunters, which are yearly producing more than 80-100-qt honey. Honey produced by them is being marketed for consumers under the brand name ‘Sewagram Nisarg Honey’ through our official marketing agency ‘Bee Techno Services’, Wardha. Basic peculiarities of Sewagram Nisarg Honey

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Sewagram Nisarg Honey is pure forest honey harvested from rockbees, Apis dorsata. The process of harvesting of Sewagram Nisarg Honey is exclusively ecofriendly (non-violant). This means that trained tribals are harvesting honey without harming the adult bees, their nests and the forest vegetation. The crucial part of processing of Sewagram Nisarg Honey is performed very meticulously. Simple instrument namely ‘honey processor’ is designed to warm

No addition of liquid fructose is done for bringing Fructose to Glucose (F/G ratio) above than one. Pongamia pinnata (karanja). etc. Blending of all seasons’ honey together and offering a uniform taste and odour is avoided as a policy while dealing with Sewagram Nisarg Honey. Delonix regia (gul-mohar). It is stored. (purewel). bellirica (bahera). Bombax ceiba (red katsawar). Moringa oleifera (drumstick-Sainjana). The nectar and pollen content determines different taste and odour to each batch of Sewagram Nisarg Honey. bottling and packing of processed honey is performed very hygienically in the cleaned bottles. Mangifera indica (mango). . Gymnospora montana (bharati). Limonia acidissima (khavat). Vitex negundo (nirgudi). Because. Syzygium cumini (Jamun). (jambul). On a longer storage of Sewagram Nisarg Honey. Hygrophila auriculata (Talimkhan). so its natural quality do not get deteriorated in any way and no fear of forest fires as are normally noticed in the conventional methods of honey hunting. A granulation of honey shall never be treated bad as such honeys contain more dextrose than fructose. flavor and medicinal properties of natural honey. Butea monosperma (palas). Azadirachta indica (neem). The honeys harvested during winter season (from the yellow flowering vegetation) tend to granulate even at a room temperature because in such honeys F/G ratio is always below than one. Terminalia alata (ain). Leucaena spp. amino acids. Terminalia tomenfosa (Ain). Sewagram Nisarg Honey may be termed. Ocimum sanctum (tulsi). Tamarindus indica (Imli). This means that the natural enzymes. Azadiracuta indica (neem). Such honeys are medicinal & can be treated as complete food. T. etc. the rockbees mostly settles their hives in the forest belts where they forage on the diversified vegetation like Hardwickia binata (anjan). vitamins. Combretum sp. Acacia catechu (khair). Terminalia arjuna (arjun). This means that most of the natural pollen grains of honey have been aggregated in the form of scum and is an indication that ultra-filtration of honey is not performed. A controlled heat treatment kills the osmophilic yeast without alteration in a natural aroma. Acacia arabica (babool). Ziziphus mauritiana (ber). as true organic honey in the sense that no insecticide or pesticides are used in forest and thus it is derived by the bees from all uncontaminated natural flowers of the forests. Finally. Eucalyptus spp. Actually by doing this one can easily avoid granulation in honey and satisfy the consumers demand who normally hesitate to purchase granulated honey in a fear of adulteration. Psoralea corylifolia (Bawachi). (nilgiri). Hevea brasiliensis (rubber). Wrightia tinctoria (dudhapuda). Madhuca indica (mahua). Syzygium spp. Sewagram Nisarg Honey is unblended honey in its purest form. Bombax ceiba & Ceiba pentandra (samul). (purewel). T. Emblica officinalis (amla).raw honey at controlled temperature 55 to 57 Degree Centigrade for a period of 1 to 3 hours according to a moisture content in each batch of honey procured from the beneficiaries. processed and packed according to the different flowering seasons. Ziziphus mauritiana (Aroni) Zizyphus jujuba (ber). Cassia obtusifolia (takali). (soobabul). Erioglossum rubiginosum (ritha). Mimosa hamata (chilati). a brownish scum floats over a top region of container or bottle. Adina corifolia (haldu). are retained. Acacia sinuate (sikakai). Boswellia serrata (salai). proteins. • No smoke or fire is used during harvesting of Sewagram Nisarg Honey. chebula (harda). • • • • • • The medicinal properties of forest honey are always better as compared to the honeys gathered from the cultivated crops. Combretum ovalifolium. Ceiba pentandra (white katsawar).

2 0.18 (average 0.56) 1. It is available in the different pack sizes for example. MRP for 200gm (Rs.18) -ve -ve Winter 1.83 (average 1.95) 0. We can supply any quantity of honey as per the buyer. goods by crossed demand draft (DD) in favour of ‘Bee Techno Services’.35 (average 1.20) 0.43).84 (average 73.39 20% 70 5 1 0. grades of honey method during 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Specific gravity at 27 C (min. About 50% payment at the time of an order and 50% at the time of delivery of • • • • • Mode of payment: At least 50% advance shall be made by electronic transfer in the name of Centre for Bee Development.0.50gm (Rs.18) 1.33 to 1. • A chemical analysis shows that rockbee honey contains high reducing sugar (fruit sugar) as compared to honey derived from domesticated bees. Honey in loose is available @ Rs. acidity (0.17 (average 0.64 to 5 (average 3.2 0.9 to 74.) Total reducing sugar by mass (min.37) 19-21 % 72.18). Presently Sewagram Nisarg Honey has ‘Agmark Certification’ under grade ‘A’.) Fructose to Glucose ratio (min.5 to 2 %) as compared to honey of domesticated bees (about 5%).18/-) & 100gm (Rs.190/-). 500gm (Rs.) Acidity (max. Wardha.078 to 0. Gopal Paliwal) .3).22 to 2.19 (average 0.32/-) in wide mouth glass bottles while wide mouth PP jars are used for honey packing.5 -ve -ve Summer 1.33 to 1.3 (average 0.11) 0.40 (average 1.) Aniline chloride Test Fiehe’s Test Special ‘A’ 1.195) -ve -ve (Dr.34 to 1.5 -ve -ve 22% 65 5 1 (0.50/-). ash (inorganic material.85 (average 2.078 to 0.02 to 76.kg (cost of container extra).2 0.2 to 0. Parameters specifications’ for various from rock bees through eco-friendly No. specific gravity (1. 135/.) Sucrose by mass (max.8 to 1.3) 1.95) 0.56) 1. We give 20% retailer’s margin on MRP as per the minimum purchase.38) 19-21 % 65.) Ash (minerals) (max.15) 0. Wardha. It contains less amount of non-reducing sugar (sucrose) (1. AC/N 11036969541 in SBI (treasury branch code-05764) and remaining at the time of parcel.24 to 1.) Moisture (max. Approved ‘Agmark Analytical results of honey harvested Sr.05 to 0.and winter seasons in Vidharba region. Chemical analysis further suggests that Sewagram Nisarg Honey contains moisture (19 to 20%).This means that medicinal properties of each batch of honey varies according to different plant-specific flowering in different months in summer & winter seasons.43 (average 1.41 1.05 to 0.37 25% 65 5 1 (0.100/-) & 1000gm (Rs.11 (average 70. or Analytical results of honey harvested from colonies of rock bees through eco-friendly method during summer.38 to 0.5 -ve -ve Standard 1. This is a natural composition and it is well within a range of specifications approved by AGMARK markings.52) 0. The jars are laminated with shrink plastic.

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