Software Engineer pioneering a beekeeping revolution in Chennai

Beekeeping program run by Mr. Marimuthu

Everyone is familiar with honey – the essential natural sweetener. We all know that honey bees play a vital role in the production of honey. However, the greatest contribution of bees is the pollination of nearly three-quarters of the plants that produce 90% of the world’s food. A third of the world’s food production depends on bees, i.e. every third spoonful of food depends on pollination.

Mr Marimuthu, A software engineer by profession is revolutionising a new bee keeping community in Chennai. A member of our team attended the beekeeping forum organised at Sri Ramana Vidyalaya Matriculation School in West Tambaram. It was a wonderful session and very informative.

Key Points

  • Bees are very important pollinators and are responsible for nearly 35% of all food crops
  • Mr Marimuthu is running an awareness and education campaign to create new urban beekeeping farmers
  • The 4th beekeeping session was conducted recently and 44 beehives were distributed.

Yaadhum is the organization behind this venture. Their main objective is to teach and create awareness among the common people about the importance of Organic Farming (இயற்கை விவசாயம்). An important part of that is rearing honey bees.

Sadly the honey bee numbers are dwindling and they are reducing every year. In developed countries like America and Europe, the number has reduced by more than 40% in recent years. The main culprit behind this is chemical fertilizer & pesticides we use in farming. When the bees consume the nectar and pollen from the flowers laden with pesticides, they get dizzy and cannot find their way back to their hive. This causes the hive to starve and the entire colony is destroyed.

Can we survive without bees?

Albert Einstein is often credited with saying: ‘If the bee disappeared off the face of the Earth, man would only have four years left to live.’  

Though there is no evidence the German genius actually said this, the mere existence of the idea shows that the bees are very important for mankind.

If all the bees died, it wouldn’t mean extinction for humans, but it would cause widespread hardship, and possibly famine. This is because a lot of the foods we regularly consume wouldn’t be available anymore. 

Apart from the obvious one — honey — some nuts and beans would also disappear forever as they are so reliant on bees. Nearly 35% of food crops, fruits and pulses in India are aided by pollination through honey bees. Honey Bees are responsible for creating forests and maintaining weather and natural climatic conditions

Urban Beekeeping Project

So it’s our responsibility to maintain the honey bees population. Just one beehive in every home could help maintain the ecosystem.

Beekeeping training session in progress
The 4th beekeeping session in progress at West Tambaram, Chennai

It’s not a requirement that beekeeping needs to be done only in villages. It can be done in urban cities like Chennai too. The Indian bees are capable of making honey from the flower in the trees.

Mr. Marimuthu, Yaadhum

The Yaadhum Organisation conducts the training program for the general public in Beekeeping. They started in 2007 and this is their 4th Beekeeping program. Nearly 30 members were gathered in 2 batches and it was quite an interesting session.

Mr Marimuthu maintains that beekeeping is very easy process when we compare with pets maintenance. We just need to learn and watch the pattern of the bees for couple of months and then the bees take care of themselves. The modern beehive also called the Bee Box is portable and has a total of 5 frames that are used to gather honey.

beekeeping training session in progress
A member of our team learning the ropes of beekeeping

The training program gives you the idea on how to manage a bee box and how to collect honey in an ethical way. The most important part of the training is the connection created between nature and mankind. A single bee box can give you approximately 1 Kg of honey every month. Its quite a beneficial process which also nurtures the environment and also gives you pure orgsaninc honey.

The organisation started with 30 Beehives initially. This was the 4th session in Tambaram and nearly 44 bee boxes were distributed to 25 people. They have created around 100 beekeepers to date.

If interested in forthcoming beekeeping sessions or general ideas about natural farming methods you can reach out using the details below

  • Mr Marimuthu
  • Yaadhum – Natural Farming & Moral Life (யாதும் – இயற்கை வழி விவசாயம் & அறவழி வாழ்க்கை)
  • Contact Number: +91 98411 11943