Dr. Parashram Patil, Dr. Yogesh Fonde
January 01, 2019
It is necessary to map the floral biodiversity of Kolhapur district in association with pollination by honey bees and the nesting plants of honey bees. It will help to develop conservation strategies for biodiversity conservation through community participation in Kolhapur district. At least 2000 traditional beekeepers are available in 8 blocks of Kolhapur district and they are destroying the honey colonies continuously over the years. It is necessary to include them in modern beekeeping to save huge number of bees according to above calculation. The honey cluster of these beekeepers should be established to promote the developing of honey industry. The economically backward beekeepers can be organized in the honey clusters and be provided with sustainable occupation through Extension Communication services. The youth from this region will be stopped from migration to urban cities with the adoption of this income generating beekeeping. It will also offer the opportunities of increasing social status and integration. Key Words: Honey, Forest Assets, Honeybees, Biodiversity, Conservation.