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Bee Keeping


  • A handler who wishes to maintain honey bee colonies organically, commonly in hives in purpose- to collect honey, and other products the hive produces or to produce bees for sale to other beekeepers.


  • Beehives must be built mainly from natural materials, like unpainted timber
  • Beeswax must be from organic apiaries,
  • Colony infested with anyone of the notifiable disease will not be eligible for certification.
  • The apiaries shall be placed within a radius of 3 kms from the organic farms.


  • Conversion period wont apply when bees are grown in wild and in natural conditions.
  • One-year conversion period shall apply to those bee colonies which are reared.
  • During this period, beeswax has to be replaced by wax from organic apiaries.
  • For renovation of apiaries, 10% per year of the nonorganic queen bees & the swarms can be replaced.


  • During local dearth periods, the producer shall provide organic sugar feeding or organic pollen supplements or both so as to maintain colony strength.
  • At the end of the production season, hives shall be left with sufficient reserves of honey & pollen to survive the winter


  • Veterinary medicine shall not be used in bee keeping
  • For pest and disease control and for hive disinfection, for protecting frames, hives & combs, permitted substances as per standards shall be used.


  • Honey shall be extracted only from sealed combs.
  • The used brood combs are prohibited for honey extraction.
  • At time of harvest, repellent consisting of prohibited substances (chemical synthetic repellents) shall not be used.
  • Beeswax from capping is the purest form of wax and shall be stored separately.


  • A diary must be kept for each single colony, including information on general handling, reproduction, veterinary treatments, yields, and special observations.
  • A detailed map of the apiary site and its surrounding must be presented.