Mellifera Farmer Producer Co. Ltd., Talwandi Sabo, Bathinda

Like green revolution, the credit to promote bee keeping in Northern India goes to Punjab farmers. Amongst many, there is a story of four small time bee keepers from Village Kanakwala, Bathinda who started with 100 bee boxes in 2014-15 producing 2-3 quintal of honey and today they are selling over 50 quintal in retail packs under the brand ‘Mellifera’. Initially they were registered as an MSME unit under the name ‘Mellifera India’ and from 20-12-2019 they are a ‘Farmer Producer Company’ (FPC) under the category of ‘society’ registered with Registrar of Companies.
Over the period, the members of FPC have increased to 200 processing and packaging 62 food products, including Haldi, Chat Masala, Methi, Honey, Vessan products, bhujia, Chilli flakes, 14 variants of Pickles, dalia, millets, etc. Their facility is located at Talwandi Sabo, Bathinda. The activities of the FPC are managed by 14 members with Mr. Shailender Sidhu as Chairman. In the field of bee-keeping they were the first to introduce ‘bee pollen’ in the market. They have their own retail outlet for above products in Bathinda. They also have road side outlets on National Highways near Mansa, Nabha and Sangrur. They also supply products on demand to karyana shops. In February, 2020 they participated in the Organic Food festival organized jointly by Ministry of Food Processing Industries and the Ministry of Women and Child Development at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi and sold their products worth Rs.1.5 lacs in two days. The annual sales turnover of Mellifera is over Rs.30 lacs. So far, FPC has not taken any credit/loan from banks. They are totally self-reliant.
The Mellifera has an ambitious and workable plan to expand production capacity of their products by procuring a few more processing and packaging machines both for honey and other products. They are keen to apply under PM FME Scheme for the same.