Prajakta Admane is a native of Gadchiroli, a tribal district, in Maharashtra. She has a degree of Pharmacy Pharmacy and MBA and is doing a decent well-paid job in Pune. However, Prajakta was never satisfied with her job as she wanted to do something different which excites her more.
Prajakta hailed from a Naxal infested area in Maharashtra and she was well aware of all the bad qualities that her hometown had earned. But that is not all there is to Gadchiroli. The district also has a beautiful forest cover, and people like Prajakta who want to mark their hometown on the map for better, creative and more welcome reasons.
Prajakta was constantly looking for something different kind of work and this brought her back to her hometown leaving her secured and well paid job. And guess what, Prajakta finally found her dream job as a bee-keeper. Yes, you heard it right!
Prajakta told a new portal, “Before I started with the bee-keeping business, I did some research and found out that it was important to undergo vocational training for this.”
She further added, “I underwent training with the National Bee Board. This is how I got to connect with bee-keepers from everywhere— from Kashmir to Andhra Pradesh. I started learning the minute details of this business from them.”
Today, Prajakta rears honey from fifty boxes of bees. She also took an inspiration from the floral variety in the Gadchiroli forests. And now she has also started manufacturing flavored honey, and some of the other flavours include berry, eucalyptus, litchi, sunflower, tulsi and sesame.
All the varieties of honeys have various benefits which are quite good for the human body. The berry honey, for example, is excellent to fight diabetes while the sesame honey helps control heart diseases.
While the eucalyptus honey is a good at curing common illnesses like a cough and cold, ajwain helps digestion.
The lady has developed her own brand Kasturi honey and she sells these varieties of honey under her own brand. The approximate price of each bottle of honey ranges from Rs 60 to Rs 380. Prajakta also sells bee venom apart from honey rearing and selling. This venom is used in the medical industry to fight arthritis, nerve pain and multiple sclerosis.
Prajakta earn about Rs 6-7 lakh annually. She makes a good profit at the end of the year even after she invested about Rs 2-2.5 lakh in the business for packaging and distribution. She has also been teaching the basics of beekeeping to unemployed youth and women of her village, helping them earn well.
She said lastly, “We are trying to bring more and more women’s self-help groups, farmers and unemployed youth in this business.”