Inglestar Marngar hails from Pynden Shaham village of Mawthadraishan block from West Khasi Hills district. He has 11 children and each one of them is into apiculture. He uses bee keeping time to bond with his children. He was trained at COLKS in the year 2015. Inglestar has been into beekeeping since time immemorial. He practices fishery, poultry, cattle rearing and also piggery. They all have their benefits but he feels that Beekeeping is the most profitable of them all since the maintenance cost is very less the reason being the honey bee feeds on pollen, nectar, water and honey.
One day as he was watching Discovery channel he stumbled upon a show on modern beekeeping wherein new techniques and equipment’s were used which were very different from his methods. His interest for beekeeping grew and so he approached a local elderly men from his locality. He was told about Beekeeping training which was conducted by COLKS. That was the start of my journey.
The most important thing he had learned during training was the modern methods used in beekeeping. Earlier, he was into traditional beekeeping which resulted in a lot of loss for him, especially while separating the queen as he had to take the entire bee colony out. Secondly, the bee boxes also hindered his production earlier. But after training and a few trials and errors he perfected the art of making bee boxes. Since then he saw that the honey bees started to colonize the new boxes that he had made. Another problem he faced earlier was the presence of ants and other insects. But post training, he learnt methods to take care of the boxes and the bees better, he also learnt to clean the boxes from time to time and to keep them at a certain height away from ants and other insects.
Gradually he has been able to get a good harvest from the bees. By blending the old traditional methods with the new techniques that he has picked up from watching Discovery Channel and grasped from the training, he had attended at COLKS, he has been able to significantly increase the honey production. Now from one bee box he gets around 1-2 kg of honey and the profits have started to increase day by day. Currently he has around 100 bee boxes in his apiary.
It was his self-determination, hard work that paved the way for his success. COLKS is proud to help such a Khasi farmer. COLKS salutes this farmer for learning new methods and applying them in his day to day life to actually make sustainable farming a reality.