Dot 58: Small opportunities are often the beginning of a Great Enterprise- Kashmir Apiaries

Posted by Praveen on August 31, 2014 at 7:05 AM


This is an entrepreneurial story that would give hope and confidence to any Indian who has a positive attitude and remains as busy as a bee in his chosen profession. Jagjit, an India-Pakistan refugee, who lost everything when he came to India, was wondering where to start- either to eat or look for some shelter somewhere. He mustered his courage and started with whatever came in his way. Eventually he was able to save one day- Rs 1000 (USD 20) and started with 5 bee colonies.

Today, this company- Kashmir Apiaries- is one of the world’s busiest migratory bee-keeping companies. Their colonies move from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, according to the flower seasons to produce 10,000+ tonnes of organic honey every year.

When Jagjit started, he had tremendous knowledge of bee-keeping but had to learn how to sell his first 50 kg. Many times, he was taken advantage of his simplicity and honey, yet he persisted to exist. Today, his honey sells under 4 different brands in over 50+ countries.

Not only he has improved his own life, but has enabled over 20000 families to earn their meal for a day. A story which started with only 5 bee colonies has now installed Asia’s largest honey processing plant, near Ludhiana, with a capacity of 20,000 MT, and now exports to Europe, UK, Canada and Australia.

Its never- when everything is lot, and its never when you get everything!



Categories: Founders, Self Help, Motivation

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