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Meet Nadir Bakerwal who brought ‘Sweet Revolution’ in villages of Ramban

Last Updated on January 14, 2022 at 6:41 pm

Ramban is on the verge of ‘Sweet’ revolution through honey production on a large scale by progressive farmers helped and supported by government sponsored  ‘Promotion of Bee Keeping’ scheme  and ‘One District, One Product’ scheme.

Starting with only 5 honey bee colonies in 1990, Nadir Bakerwal, 85 had ventured into the honey bee business with an aim to supplement his farm income in his village Gandhote perched atop a hill overlooking the National Highway.

Coming a long way, Nadir and his three sons own more than 350 honey bee colonies and inspired 40 other progressive farmers  of his village who together own 5000 colonies. Almost all these progressive farmers belong to the Scheduled Tribe Communities including Gujjars and Bakerwals.

According to Mohammed Ashraf, 45(Son of Nadir) his family including his two other brothers, Abdul Rashid and Nasir Ahmed earn an annual income of Rs.10. Lakh from apiculture business.

“We are satisfied with this business which has now become the mainstay of our livelihood and my son, Mohammed Showkat has also adopted it as a full time business. He too owns 90 colonies”, he said.

According to him Nadir, father of six sons and three daughters own 25 colonies; his sons M. Ashraf, Abdul Rashid and Nasir Ahmed own 90, 80 and 75 colonies respectively, besides his grandson, Mohammed Showkat, is owner of 90 colonies. Besides increasing his colonies he kept on giving the bee colonies free of cost to other villagers and encouraged them to take up this farming seriously despite all odds.

He said that his father has shown a lot of perseverance and steadily built up the business to this level by dint of hard work and fighting all   odds. Initially, Nadir used to load and unload the bee colony boxes himself for transportation to other places during seasonal migration.

Ashraf said that in 1990 his father, Nadir was motivated by the brother of a teacher, GM Tantray of Banihal to adopt beekeeping and after seeing his beekeeping business in Banihal he had bought five colonies from him and thus started his beekeeping business.

“Although, it (business of apiculture)suffers from occasional losses by the pest infection, climatic adversities etc. yet now it has becoming a choice for many villagers in Ramban district with the financial, material and technical supports provided by the government through the Department of Apiculture..  “With  gradual success and increasing returns we are highly encouraged and are  grateful to the Apiculture Development Officer, Ramban, Ayaz Ahmed Reshi who leaves no stone unturned in guiding us and providing all information and help regarding this, throughout the year “he added.