Honeybees fed with artificial food produce low quality honey
Kalikavu: The shortage of flowers on the hill ranges adversely affect the quality of honey. Giving artificial food to the honeybees to complement the food scarcity result in the low quality of honey. Those who engage in industrial scale honeybee farming in the hill ranges tend to provide artificial food to honeybees. They give a solution made with melted sugar as daily diet instead of flowers.
A huge collection of sugar syrup was found from a honeybee farming centre in Malappuram. The 21-barrel sugar syrup was examined by the excise officials to check whether it was used as drug. The farmers then revealed that the syrup was made for feeding the honeybees. There was no trace of ants in the sugar syrup and the locals accused that chemicals might have been mixed to avoid insects. The officers said that the ingredients of the syrup can be identified only after scientific examination.
Almost all of the honey farmers who farm in the rubber plantations in the hill ranges are found to be following the same method. The honey, which is produced by the honeybees after consuming artificial food, will not have its original qualities and can result in serious health problems. The sugar syrup is melted to the consistency of honey in order to con the honeybees into consuming it as nectar.
One kg honey is sold for Rs 250. Those who produce honey on an industrial scale can have huge profit by giving artificial food to the bees. This method also helps to harvest honey even after flowering season ends. The honey collected by tribal people from the inner parts of the forest is considered to be the best quality honey. The wild honey is very rare to get and the tribals who collect it get Rs 400 for one kg.