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Honey production is
a lucrative business and it generates a great amount of employment in
the Kanyakumari district in Tamil Nadu, India. The beekeepers in this
district are a pioneer in honey production and depend solely on the
flow season for improving their economic condition.
The Apis cerana,
a domesticated bee species, found in the south India is the most
preferred as it produces 8kg to 10kg of honey on average. In the lean
season, or otherwise known as winter, beekeepers are trained to give
artificial feeding by administrating sugar syrup to the bees at least
once a week. By doing so, the quantity or yield per box would
increase to 15kg to 20kg. However the quality of the honey decreases
due to sugar syrup feedings.
In an effort to
motivate beekeepers to produce a sugar-free herbal honey, the
government has introduced a new beekeeping system in Pradesh, India.
These bees will be fed Stevia leaves instead of sugar-syrup, hoping to
obtain a sugar free honey. Being an all natural sweetener, Stevia
also acts as an attractant for the bees. These leaves will not only be
helpful during the lean season, but the rainy season as well when bees
are unable to fly out in search of food.
Sugar free honey is
much in world demand not only by diabetics but also by those concerned
about weight gain and those seeking a healthier lifestyle.
© Stevia Canada /
JG Group - September 2006