PYUTHAN, Nov 20: Khopiram Dhedi of Tiram in Mandavi Rural Municipality-1 of Pyuthan returned home 25 years ago losing both his legs in an electric shock. The double amputee has now become an exemplary beekeeper in the entire district.
Dhedi, who now has 50 hives, ventured into beekeeping about a decade ago with the help of micro enterprises program of District Agricultural Development Office (DADO), Pyuthan. “I make about Rs 300,000 a year. Beekeeping is earning bread and butter for my family,” he added.
As beekeeping comparatively requires less time and investment, many farmers are attracted in this profession. Although local species of bees give lesser yields, the honey is more delicious compared to cross breeds.
Amar Bista, a planning officer with DADO, Pyuthan, said the number of beekeepers in the district is increasing with each passing year. “We currently have 500 active beekeepers. The district produced 35 tons of honey last year,” he added.
About 15 ton of honey produced in the district was consumed locally, while remaining was exported to other districts.