■ India today has about eight lakh bee colonies. considering the modern beekeeping which arrived in India only three decades ago with the advent of the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), today the number of bee colonies and beekeeper's co-operatives are 8,10,807 and 169 respectively.
■ It has made good progress in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Bihar, Orissa, Himachal Pradesh, Kashmir, Punjab, Meghalaya, Andaman and Nicobar islands are the important states in which beekeeping co-operatives are active.
Challenges in increasing beekeeping practice are:
■ Non-availability or non-affordability of honey boxes to the beekeepers,
■ Lack of honey marketing channels, and,
■ Inadequate training in the management of apiary