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  • Meliponula bees , also known as Stingless bees,  are insects like honey bees and known in East Africa for their little sweet honey
  • Meliponini bees are among the best known taxonomically of the eliponini bee species
  • Meliponiculture is breeding of indigenous stingless bees
  • Stingless bees include a large number of different tropical and some subtropical species. As in honey bees, they form social colonies and provision their nests with honey and pollen, which are stored in pots made of beewax or cerumen
  • The fixed costs and variables in meliponiculture with rational breeding, involving shelter, management, honey collection and wrapping are the following: Fixed costs: apiary, spatula, chisel, filter cloth, plastic bucket of 10 litres, rational hive and fixed manual work; Variable costs: wrapping pots (500ml), vinegar, sugar and variable manual work.
  • Meliponiculture is a suitable enterprise for women as it does not involve heavy physical work and painful sting
  • Natural colony duplication method is the method for splitting method for propagating stingless bees.
  • The composition of stingless bee honey differ from other species according to some physicochemical parameters and other studies prove that honey from stingless bees are more valuable and it has been used for a long time to treat various diseases
  • Due to high content of medicinal value, Stingless bee honey is sold at premium price and there is high demand everywhere.
  • Stingless bee honey showed a
    potential for use in medicine as it contains phenolic that increases antioxidant content as well as it can decrease oxidative stress-related diseases.
  • The average honey production in a stingless honey bee colony can vary from 300 grams to 1kg in a year. The difference in honey production depends on the size of the colony and the nectar availability in the locality.
  • Low honey production reflects at the cost of stingless bee honey. On an average, the prize of stingless bee honey is two to four times as that of normal honey. This would make it an economically feasible farming practice.
  • The development and enhancement of honey maturation techniques brought new market possibilities and prospects, and attention to strong components of gastronomical and geographical value of the product.
Background Information
  • Propolis Produced in Americas
  • Wild Honey Bees

Product Information

  • Stingless Bee Honey
  • Physicochemical Properties
  • Stingless Bee Honey Specification

Applications & Benefits

  • Value of Stingless bee honey
  • Wound Healer
  • The neurologic deficit and neural damage
  • Healthy Supplement

Process ,Technology  & Consultants

  • Meliponiculture
  • Type of Hive
  • Nesting habits and nest structure
  • Colony Duplication
  • Maturation
  • Project Information
  • Techniques for hiving bees, the storage and processing of honey, and food supplementation for healthy colonies.
  • Project Economics
  • Technology Transfer
  • Rearing of stingless bee queens
  • Rearing Stingless Bees
  • Reproductive parasitism
  • Technology Sources
  • Consultancy & Training

Company Products

  • List of Companies


  • Environmental Impact on Stingless Bee Propolis

Market Scenario

  • Challenges and opportunities
  • Stingless bees now and in the future
  • Invertebrate Pollinator Network of South Asia
  • Developments in India
  • Australian Stingless bees
  • Stingless Bee rearing in India
  • Stingless bee keeping - Tamil Nadu
  • Industry in Mexico
  • Stingless bee in El Salvador
  • Malaysia

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