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‘BeePositive++’ is a socially sustainable start-up that was hand-picked by IIT Delhi and was mentored under its Women Entrepreneurship and Empowerment program.

We have founded this start-up along with experts in the sector, and are working on promoting beekeeping as a supplementary source of income in rural India. This is necessary because an average farm family in the village makes approximately Rs 6400 per month out of which just Rs 3000 is from farming activities! A large part of the rural society remains underutilized! Nearly 70% of village women don't have any viable sources of earning. Rural India desperately needs sustainable alternate avenues of income and help in developing small scale enterprises.

BeePositive++ aims to make a difference to the current scenario by putting technology into the hands of the farmers so that they earn better livelihoods and boost their incomes...through a unique activity- Beekeeping.

Beekeeping is a Goldmine and can be termed- “A BIG business in a small box!” The activity is also suitable for smallholder farmers in terms of resource requirements, additional costs, exposure to risk and complexity. Bees offer a large potential with minimal investments. As an agricultural enterprise beekeeping does not require land ownership or rental, it can be started with equipment and tools that can be sourced locally and in many instances skills and knowledge required for such an enterprise are found within local traditions. As a business enterprise it offers not only diverse products, for example honey and wax among others, which can be sold in local markets and become an important source of regular income for farm families, but can also provide complementary services, such as crop pollination. Moreover bee products improve farm family nutrition and can provide for traditional health care remedies.

The Beekeeping industry of the country can well become a major foreign exchange earner if international standards are met. The sector has the potential to develop as a prime agrihorticultural and forest-based industry and form a lucrative business that will generate jobs in rural India which are directly or indirectly related to beekeeping (jobs like processing, packaging, managerial, logistics, supply chain, training etc.)

That is why BeePositive++ has developed a profitable business model that will be totally CASHLESS and will enable farmers to own and run small Bee-keeping Businesses without spending a rupee! Our special focus will be on training beekeepers to scientifically harvest beehive products like Premium Honey, Propolis, Royal Jelly, Bee Venom and Bee Pollen which have a huge demand globally. To realize our goals we are also working on creating a country-wide network of Beekeeping Cooperatives on the lines of AMUL.

In 5 years we want to touch the lives of 1 million rural people of which 50% will be women.

We believe, our efforts will result in injecting money into the village economy and raising the per capita Gross National Income (GNI) through full utilization of the rural working population. The project will also help in realizing India’s vision of doubling farmers’ income by 2022.

Enhancing beekeeping will have many ecological benefits too as Honey Bees help in the conservation of the natural environment, biodiversity and enhancement of agriculture through pollination.

Our start-up will aim to create value for many stakeholders in the society, not just one person or team!

The popular online lifestyle brand Vajor featured BeePositive founder Kanupriya as their muse on the occasion of Earth Day. Watch this video the Vajor team shot at a beekeeping farm in Hisar, Haryana.

BeePositive++ a unique social startup, was presented an award of excellence by IIT Delhi and The Department of Science and Technology.

Our Mission

BeePositive’s mission is to ensure that beekeepers earn a fair profit and develop wealth in rural areas. We will provide beekeepers access to on-going managerial, technical, logistical and marketing support. We aim to become the best ‘one-stop shop’ offering beekeeping skills, capacity and sustainable commercial growth in India.

Our Vision

To be an expert in high-tech organic beekeeping, fair trade models, rural development and marketing. Our vision is creating a network of thousands of sustainable owner-operated beekeeping businesses which work together as cooperatives in communities across India.

BeeSpoke

Honey Bees are the most amazing creatures on this earth! Did you know, it takes a million bee hours to produce a pound of honey and bees tap into 2 million flowers and fly 55,000 miles for the same. Yet a Bee is so efficient that if she were to fly around the world, only one ounce of honey would be consumed! Bees have a grass-seed sized brain that is able to calculate foraging distances and energy expenditure, and find the shortest route to the targeted flowers, a complex mathematical problem that can keep computers busy for days!

Bees are inspired engineers. Each wax cell in the comb has six sides and all cells have a slight backward tilt so that the honey will not spill out. Wax cells average 140 to the one centimetre in thickness and each cell fits snugly against its neighbour on all sides — a construction so strong and cleverly planned, right down to the most minute detail.

Honey

Honey is the natural sweet substance produced by honeybees from the nectar of blossoms or from the secretion of living parts of plants or excretions of plant sucking insects on the living parts of plants, which honeybees collect, transform and combine with specfic substances of their own, store and leave in the honey comb to ripen and mature. It is the most popular and traded bee product. When honey has, in the majority of its composition, been made from a single source of nectar i.e. powering plant, it can be called a mono floral honey. For example eucalyptus honey. When a honey is made from many different sources of nectar it is called mutli floral honey.

Honey is composed for about 95 percent of sugars, with other elements comprising the remaining 5 percent subdivided into water, organic acids and minerals. Honey has many characteristics. The viscosity of honey depends on a large variety of substances and therefore varies with its composition and particularly with its water content. Viscosity is important for trade as it contributes to the ease of processing and extraction from comb. Density is also another important characteristic for processing and trade as well as the hygroscopic nature of honey. Colour is another important factor in trade as well as honey crystallisation.

Honey is sold in unprocessed form, in the honey comb, as well as in the extracted form, in bottles and jars.

Beeswax

There are many waxes that derive from numerous sources other than those of bees. These waxes can come from plants, animals, petroleum derivates and so forth. In the case of beeswax it derives from glands in the workers bee’s head that are used to build comb for brood rearing and honey storage. In many tropical countries wax is not accounted for as a bee product, even though it has a good economic potential.

Initially wax from Apis millifera is white and as it ages become yellow and darker in colour. Pure beeswax from Apis mellifera consists of at least 284 different compounds. Not all have been completely identified but over 111 are volatile (Tulloch, 1980). At least 48 compounds were found to contribute to the aroma of beeswax (Ferber and Nursten, 1977). Quantitatively, the major compounds are saturated and unsaturated monoesters, diesters, saturated and unsaturated hydrocarbons, free acids and hydroxy polyesters.

In the past beeswax had a more extended use, but with the introduction of cheaper synthetic wax, its role has changed along with its trade. Commonly beeswax is used for candle making, for metal castings and models, in food processing as an ingredient, in the cosmetic, textile, varnish and polish, and printing industries as well as in medicine.

Bee Pollen

The pollen which is collected by beekeepers and used in various food or medicinal preparations is no longer exactly the same as the one, powdery pollen from flowers. The hundreds or sometimes millions of pollen grains per flower are collected by the honeybees and packed into pollen pellets on their hind legs with the help of special combs and hairs. During a pollen collecting trip, one honeybee can only carry two of these pollen pellets.

The pollen collected by honeybees is usually mixed with nectar or regurgitated honey in order to make it stick together and adhere to their hind legs. The resulting pollen pellets harvested from a bee colony are therefore usually sweet in taste. Certain pollen types however, are very rich in oils and stick together without nectar or honey. A foraging honeybee rarely collects both pollen and nectar from more than one species of flowers during one trip. Thus the resulting pollen pellet on its hind leg contains only one or very few pollen species. Accordingly, the pollen pellet has a typical colour, most frequently yellow, but red, purple, green, orange and a variety of other colours occur. Pollen grains range from 6 to 200 m in diameter, and all kinds of colours, shapes and surface structures may be observed. These are usually typical enough to allow species or at least genus identification. Most pollen grains have a very hard outer shell (sporoderm) which is very difficult or impossible to digest. It is so durable that it can be found in fossil deposits millions of years old. There are, however, pores which allow germination and also extraction of the interior substances.

Pollen is used for food, as a medicine, in cosmetics, for mechanical and/ or hand pollination and for monitoring pollution in the environment.

Propolis

Propolis is a mixture of various amounts of beeswax and resins collected by the honeybee from plants, particularly from flowers and leaf buds. Since it is difficult to observe bees on their foraging trips the exact sources of the resins are usually not known. Bees have been observed scraping the protective resins of flower and leaf buds with their mandibles and then carrying them to the hive like pollen pellets on their hind legs. It can be assumed that in the process of collecting and modelling the resins, they are mixed with some saliva and other secretions of the bees as well as with wax.

These resins are used by worker bees to line the inside of nest cavities and all brood combs, repair combs, seal small cracks in the hive, reduce the size of hive entrances seal off inside the hive any dead animals or insects which are too large to be carried out and perhaps most important of all, to mix small quantities of propolis with wax to seal brood cells. These uses are significant because they take advantage of the antibacterial and antifungal effects of propolis in protecting the colony against diseases. Propolis has been shown to kill the bee’s most ardent bacterial foe, Bacillus larvae - the cause of American Foul Brood. The use of propolis thus reduces the chance of infection in the developing brood and the growth of decomposing bacteria in dead animal tissue.

The composition of propolis depends on the type of plants accessible to the bees. Propolis changes in colour, odour and probably medicinal characteristics, according to source and the season of the year. Moreover, some bees and some colonies are more avid collectors-generally to the dismay of the beekeeper, since propolis is a very sticky substance which, in abundance, can make it difficult to remove frames from the boxes.

Propolis is used as a food, in food processing, as a traditional medicine and in cosmetics.

Royal jelly

Royal jelly is secreted by the hypopharyngeal gland (sometimes called the brood food gland) of young worker (nurse) bees, to feed young larvae and the adult queen bee. Royal jelly is always fed directly to the queen or the larvae as it is secreted; it is not stored. This is why it has not been a traditional beekeeping product. The only situation in which harvesting becomes feasible is during queen rearing, when the larvae destined to become queen bees are supplied with an over-abundance of royal jelly. The queen larvae cannot consume the food as fast as it is provided and royal jelly accumulates in the queen cells. The exact definition of commercially available royal jelly is therefore related to the method of production: it is the food intended for queen bee larvae that are four to five days old.

Royal jelly is a homogeneous substance with the consistency of a fairly fluid paste. It is whitish in colour with yellow or beige tinges, has a pungent phenolic odour and a characteristic sour flavour. Royal jelly can be used as a food, as a dietary supplement, as an ingredient in food processing, in cosmetics and as an ingredient in medicine-like products. Royal jelly can be sold in its fresh state, unprocessed except for being frozen or cooled, mixed with other products, or freeze-dried for further use in other preparations. The fresh production and sale can be handled by enterprises of all sizes since no special technology is required. In its unprocessed form it can also be included directly in many foods and dietary supplements as well as medicine-like products or cosmetics.

Bee Venom

Honeybee venom is a clear, odourless, watery liquid. When coming into contact with mucous membranes or eyes, it causes considerable burning and irritation. Dried venom takes on a light yellow colour and some commercial preparations are brown, thought to be a result of oxidation of some of the venom proteins. Venom contains a number of very volatile compounds which are easily lost during collection.

Used in small doses however, bee venom can be of benefit in treating a large number of ailments. This therapeutic value was already known to many ancient civilizations. Today, the only uses of bee venom are in human and veterinary medicine.

No uses for venom, other than medical ones are known. The only legally accepted medical use of bee venom in Western European and North American countries is for desensitising people who are hypersensitive (allergic) to bee venom. Since the early 1980’s, pure bee venom has been used for desensitisation.

The use of pure venom injections and well placed bee stings is increasing in Western countries as an alternative to heavy (and sometimes ineffective) drug use, which is often associated with numerous side-effects. This is particularly so for arthritis and other rheumatoid in ammations. Application methods for venom include natural bee stings, subcutaneous injections, electrophoresis, ointments, inhalations and tablets.

Since bee venom has both a local and a systemic effect, correct placement of injections, or stings and the dosage are very important. Therefore, bee venom therapy must be properly learned. Still, relief of some ailments can be obtained by simply applying a sting or two to the affected area, i.e. to some painful, immobile arthritic joints.

BeeBuzz

The media has appreciated the BeePositive++ initiative and we have been covered by various publications and News channels like Times of India, Economic Times, The Tribune, Amar Ujala, IndianCooperative.com, CNBC Young Turks, NDTV among others.


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NAME: Kanupriya Saigal
OCCUPATION: Former TV Journalist, News Editor and communications specialist who is now running a Start-up in the agriculture sector that is being mentored by IIT Delhi
EDUCATION: B.Sc. Chemistry, from St Stephen’s College, Delhi University
Post Graduate MBA Degree in International Business from Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Delhi
Selected for the Prestigious Women Entrepreneurship and Empowerment program at IIT Delhi and awarded a grant by Department of Science and Technology for the best start-up.
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kanupriya.saigal@gmail.com
WORK EXPERIENCE:I have always been in awe of people who devote their lives to a good cause and are brave enough to follow their dream even though they have to choose a tough path.
  • I started my career as a television journalist in 1997 when I anchored the popular TV show ‘Subah Savere’ on DD National, where I posed tough questions to many top personalities including prominent politicians, business leaders, sportspeople, writers and stars of the entertainment world.
  • In 1999 I was selected by Zee TV through a country-wide talent hunt, to anchor their primetime shows. I also reported for the political beat at Zee.
  • In April 2000 I joined NDTV and moved up the ranks swiftly due to my diligence and hard work. I worked for more than a decade at NDTV 24x7, initially as a News Reader cum correspondent and later as Senior News Editor. I was part of the Core News Management Team of NDTV 24x7 that reported to the Group Editor of the channel. My work spanned across all channels of NDTV and I even contributed to the online platform ndtv.com. I was involved in the daily and long-term strategy formulation and decision making for the channel. In my tenure at NDTV I developed excellent contacts with major print and electronic media houses across the world apart from all major officials in the Government and the corporate sector.
  • In 2012 I felt the professional need to switch to something more meaningful that would impact lives at the grassroots. Hence I moved on from journalism and joined global agriculture company- Syngenta that was working to improve the lives of farmers and the rural population. I worked as South Asia Head for Communications and branding at Syngenta and focused on educating farmers and policy makers about the latest technologies in agriculture which could increase productivity, address crucial challenges such as food security and boost the income of farmers. I also managed key media relationships and oversaw the media engagement plans for Syngenta’s top leadership. I ran innovative campaigns and led the planning and execution of large events that would help farmers get access to the latest solutions in agriculture thus making their lives better.
  • Throughout my professional career I always dreamed of doing something innovative that would change people’s lives for the better and release them from the shackles of economic scarcity in the country. In 2016 I got a chance to turn my dream into a reality! I participated in a countrywide Start-up contest held by IIT Delhi. My start-up BeePositive++ was selected from amongst thousands of participants and I underwent a three month mentorship program at IIT, where the best brains of the country trained me on the finer aspects of entrepreneurship. I quit my job at Syngenta in January 2017 to become a full-time entrepreneur.
    BeePositive++ was considered a unique idea by IIT as it attempts to address the issues of unemployment and poverty that impact >80% of our population that lives in the villages. It is a socially sustainable start-up that is working on promoting beekeeping as a supplementary source of income in rural India. To realize our goal we are working on creating a country-wide network of beekeeping Cooperatives on the lines of AMUL. We have also developed a CASHLESS model that will enable farmers to own and run small Bee-keeping Businesses without spending a rupee!
    The sector has the potential to develop as a prime agri-horticultural and forest-based industry that will generate jobs in rural India which are directly or indirectly related to beekeeping. Our efforts will also help in realizing the Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of doubling farmers’ income by 2022.
  • Apart from my experience in the journalism and corporate sector I was also a Miss India Finalist in 1995. I have worked with top film makers like Shyam Benegal and MS Sathyu.
  • My father is a well-known writer who served as a Director in the HRD ministry while my father-in-law is a prominent bureaucrat (now retired) who served as the Chief Secretary of Delhi.

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Boosting Rural Livelihoods and Empowering Women Through Beekeeping

BeeTrained

With our team of experts, BeePositive++ is reaching out to first-time beekeepers with knowledge on Scientific Beekeeping and global best practices. Our beekeeping Training Program, will provide people with handson experience of working with beehives. Participants will learn about the different uses of bees, honey production, beehive nutrition, other high value Bee products and the movement of bees.

We Provide World Class BeeKeeping Solutions

BeePositive++ is one of the leader in BeeKeeping training. we have helped BeeKeepers across India in creating an environment of best practices, in all aspects of Bee’s and their Management. Our belief in a strong focussed in quality delivery culture, helps beekeepers to maintain and grow their high quality beekeeping portfolio, which remain profitable in all times.

We Will Guide You Along The Way

Our training consultants and experts who has over 2 decades of experience are ready to listen to your unique requirements, big or small, and guide you through our training solutions to develop a training plan that suits BeeKeeping business objectives. We have a qualified and experienced Research and Development division, who specialise in the upkeep of all our learning material, in accordance with the latest technology requirements. We deliver quality face-to-face classroom based training in our training hubs. Training is monitored by a dedicated quality assurance team.This is in accordance with our Quality Assurance Policy. We have a custom designed and developed learning management system that ensures monthly reporting, learner progression, and Bee with Human relations management. We take pride in delivering high quality solutions through seeking new ways to improve delivery every day
So Bee Positive and BeeTrained…

NewBee’s

Beekeepers producing honey, pollen, propolis, royal jelly, venom according to BeePositive++ standards are invited to partner with us as suppliers. These could be small scale producers, with only ten hives, or with larger beekeeping farms. Partner beekeepers are invited to training workshops. BeePositive++ is a social entrepreneurial business with its eyes set firmly on the financial bottom line, as on social development and environmentally-friendly beekeeping practices. BeePositive++ is structured to offer solid commercial and social returns for the right business investors. To discuss potential investor opportunities, please contact : kanupriya.saigal@beepositive.in

BeeCause

BeePositive++ corporate social responsibility program reaches beyond BeeKeeping and across all aspects of its business, encompassing operations, packaging, supply chain, consumers, communities, and employees.

BeePositive++ conducts business ethically and honestly and in a manner that respects individuals, their communities and the environment. We expect the same from those with whom we work and expect that our suppliers operate with similar values and adhere to basic requirements in order to maintain a relationship with us.

We aim to empower 1,00,000 rural women in the next five years through our social responsibility.