Bees – All the Buzz in Okhlepani, Nepal

April 20, 2010 at 11:48 pm 1 comment

Chandra Adhikari of the CHOICE-Trivani Nepal team shares the success of a bee keeping program in Okhlepani, Nepal.  Through this program, the community not only enjoys the sweet nutritional value of honey but profits from the sale of honey to locals and those in neighboring villages.  

Enjoy this story of the impact of the bee enterprise on one local man from Okhlepani.

Okhlepani is a small community in Nepal of about 45 inhabitants. In the year 2005, a bee keeping project was introduced in Okhlepani. Since then, bee keeping has become a part of everyday life and a source of income.  At the local market the price of honey is NRs-600 per kg ($ 8.33 per kg).  

Meet Baburam Adhikari, whose house is situated in the middle of the community.  Baburam loves to hike, meet different people, and do social work as a volunteer.  He is also a teacher in Turlung Primary School. This school is currently under construction for improvements funded by CHOICE-Trivani. During the day Baburam works in the school, but during the morning and evening he stays at his house and does household work including bee keeping.

 Baburam told us, “Bee keeping is becoming a part of my life. Six years back my family wasn’t even able to taste honey often.  People from far distance used to come in our village and sell honey; that used to be an opportunity for my family to taste honey. Now the situation is totally different; we produce honey, eat honey often and sell it also. It is helping my family to generate income on a small scale. And, honey can be used as medicine. This is especially good for children and elderly people.”     

Why is honey so great?  The carbohydrates in honey absorb slowly into the bloodstream, which aids in digestion and provides valuable energy to families as they go about their day – working, studying and travelling on foot.  In addition to the energy from the sugar in honey there are some important vitamins such as B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and certain amino acids.  Minerals found in honey include calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc.  All in all, honey is a sweet treat, a sustainable enterprise and a great source of important vitamins, minerals and energy.  Ah, honey!  Nature’s sweet way of giving back!

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  • 1. Megan  |  April 23, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Great post Rai. Your enthusiasm for honey stands unmatched!

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