I am Gobinder Singh Randhawa (aka Jonty), living with my mother, father, wife and two sons in Landa village of District Ludhiana. I chose apiculture as my profession at a young age. The main person who inspired me towards beekeeping was Sardar Baldev Singh (head of my village).
Before starting beekeeping I took 8 days training from PAU and just after that I started beekeeping. I started with 114 honey bee boxes by taking a loan of Rs 280000, and today I have 1000 honey bee boxes. I never use chemicals or supplements for beekeeping, I always prefer natural feed like sugar grinded jaggery for pure and high-quality yield. I make honey from marigold and mustard flowers.
I also started a group “BIG B” by the cooperation of my friends in 2004 to help the people who are associated with beekeeping work. I am the president of that group and till now, 310 members have joined it. I try to help every person who is related to beekeeping business whether it’s a lady who makes face and body covering masks or a man who make wooden bee hives boxes on a small level.
From the begging I was interested in exporting my products, so now I export Bee wax to the US. In India I sell my products in bulk at Doraha, Ludhiana, GT Road and from it I am earning well. I am also a registered supplier of National Horticulture Department and my yearly revenue is around 3 crores.
Dr. Ramandeep Singh (Agri Business Expert, Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana) helped me a lot in by sending necessary information through WhatsApp group about the events and fairs. In the future, I am planning to introduce more honey products like bee venom, royal jelly, and honey bee pollen grains and export it in the international market, because of its high demand.