NO Bees, NO food.
At Under the Mango Tree, we provide sustainable livelihood opportunities to low-income farmers, alongside solving a worldwide issue of decrease in the number of bees. With no bees, we’ll be bereft of one in every three bites of food consumed and the alfalfa we use to feed dairy cows. Yes, it’s alarming and I’m not sure if most of us are aware of this.
Pollination and pollinators are reducing year on year due to varied reasons including global warming, habitat loss, parasites and a class of bee-killing insecticides known as neonicotinoids. Bees are one of the major pollinators in the ecosystem. UTMT’s major role is to train farmers on Beekeeping as one of their livelihood options. Spreading awareness about the issue goes hand in hand.
Here’s a series of photographs taken in the Palghar District of Maharashtra, explaining about the work at UTMT:
A live footage of a Natural Colony Transfer, meaning a naturally existing bee colony transferred to a bee box. It’s the first step to beekeeping. Stings and swelling is a part and parcel of the process.
All the above pictures are taken in a duration of 3 months. Many more activities are involved to provide livelihood opportunities to marginal farmers, be it the production of bee boxes or types of equipment required for Beekeeping. It is made sure to assign activities to people from villages itself. In the coming months, I surely have a lot more to discover in this beautiful region and to mingle with community for organizational work. Lots of lives are yet to be touched and made better with beekeeping.