(Natural and premium)
Alternative Herbal Products, supplying high quality Mero Honeyô of different taste on seasonal basis at national market ( Supermarket , Five Star Hotel/Resort) and international market since 2007.
It has processing unit in Chitwan district with modern equipment. The product of AHP has been approved by laboratory test in Food and Quality Control department (DFQC) GoN lab.
The main source of extraction of honey is the local farmers of mid hills of Nepal
AHP use maximum wild fruiting Chiuri honey for the production of Herbal soap and cold cream
In general , honey collected from the nectar of Chiuri , Rudilo and Buck Wheat is good for medicinal and cosmetic purpose.
Mero Chiuri Honey is one of the popular brand of Nepalese domestic market .
Bee keeping Farming in Nepal.
Nepal ‘s rich diverse climatic condition and wide range of flora and faunas makes it a host of five out of seven bee species found in the world. Out of them only two are domestic and the rest are wild species.
A brief description on each of the species is made below:
It is an indigenous and domestic species. It is friendly and suitable for hilly region. It can be reared up to an altitude of 3400 meters. Bees from this species are called Asian bee.
This species is domestic but imported from Europe . The bees from this species are friendly. Due to higher yield of honey and wax it is more in demand and popular than other species commercially. It can be reared at an altitude below 1500 meters. Bees from this species are called European bee.
This is a high altitude species, which is found at an altitude ranging from 1200 meter to 3500 meter. This species is wild and furious. It is found in limited number only. The honey from this species is harvested once a year and is known as rock honey.
As the honey from this species has unique taste and quality, it fetches higher value than the honey from other species. Similarly, it is popular and more in demand, particularly due to its wider medical values, than other species. Bees from this species are called Rock bee.
It is a wild and furious species. It is common in the areas below 1000-meter altitude. Bees from this species are called Giant bee.
Apis florea :
This species is found at an altitude ranging from 300 meter to 500 meter. The bees from this species are of smaller size. It is a wild species and the bees from this species generally build their hives on the branch of trees. Bees from this species are called small bee.
The average annual productivity of†Apis laboriosa†,†Apis dorsata, Apis florea, Apis ceranaand†Apis Melifera†is estimated to be about 20-100 kg., 5-50 kg., 1-5 kg., 8-15 kg and 20-50 kg.per hive respectively. However, the productivity of†A.melifera†seems to be on the lower side as compared with the productivity of major honey producing countries.
Honey production in Nepal is increasing significantly every year. Total production of honey at present is estimated to be more than 1600 mt. per year. One conservative estimate made by a study has indicated that Nepal has a potentiality to produce more than 10,000 mt. of honey per year.
The followings are the different plant sources from which the bees collect nectar and prepare honey in Nepal:
a Buck Wheat
d) Chiuri (Diploknema butyracea Roxburgh)