Upskill Post Graduate Excursion
Beekeeping for Sustainable Business, Insights from the Potential of Honey Bee Farming in Hutan Rakyat, Batur Geopark area Forum Group Discussion
In this article we will be discussing the latest collaboration of Udayana’s Postgraduate Environmental Sciences Program, Batur Unesco Global Geopark and the Ministry of Environment on the potential of honey bee farming in Hutan Rakyat, Batur Geopark area, funded by the National Institute of Forest Science. The FGD was held at one local farmer’s house, Badan, at Agro Batur Organik Farm in Duyun Yeh Mampeh, south Batur.
Attending the FGD, 9th of June 2023, are local farmers of the Geopark area, the head of UGG Bali, I Wayan Gobang Edy Sucipto, Vice Director of Udayana University's Magister of Environment program Dr. I Gusti Ayu Putri Kartika, SH., MH., I Ketut Putra Juliantara as moderator, some alumni from Udayana’s magister program, and, Ir. Dayu Astarini, M.Sc., Ph.D. one of the key initiators of the forum and upskill study program team.
Dr. I Wayan Wahyudi, S.Si., M.Si, a visionary entrepreneur and graduate of Udayana University, took center stage as he shared his journey and invaluable insights into the art of beekeeping. Amidst the buzzing excitement, his experiences and expertise unveiled a tale of resilience, sustainable practices, and social responsibility, making this forum discussion a beacon of inspiration for aspiring entrepreneurs and environmental enthusiasts . Dr. I Wayan Wahyudi, the owner and founder of Royal Honey Saka Agrotourism, recently participated in a fascinating discussion on honey cultivation; “The Potential of Honey Bee Cultivation in the Batur Geopark Community Forest Area” during the FGD. Dr. Wahyudi, a graduate of Udayana University's Master's program, shared his background and provided valuable insights into the industry. The forum delved into Dr. Wahyudi's journey in establishing his honey cultivation business, his story began with a humble initiative to assist farmers in the Tenganan village area who were already involved in beekeeping. Through his expertise and guidance, he was able to significantly enhance honey production, transforming a meager yield of a few bottles into an impressive harvest of tens of bottles per season, this accomplishment set the stage for Dr. Wahyudi's entrepreneurial success.
During the forum, Dr. Wahyudi emphasized the importance of being open-minded to explore new ways of beekeeping, especially honey cultivation. The modern device and technique he introduces have been proven to generate much more income than the traditional way. He expressed a desire to educate more people about beekeeping techniques and the numerous benefits of honey, particularly those individuals with untapped potential whom he encouraged to explore beekeeping as a means of earning additional income. As a key speaker, he provided the audience with informative guidance on beekeeping and highlighted the importance of selecting an optimal location for this activity. He stressed the need to cultivate a diverse range of flowering plants that bloom throughout the day, ensuring a continuous and abundant food supply for the bees. By strategically creating such an environment, communities can attract bees and support their thriving populations. Dr. Wahyudi also discussed the potential of introducing additional bee colonies to further enhance the success of beekeeping in the area. This valuable information sparked enthusiasm among the audience, as they envisioned a future where beekeeping flourishes and contributes to the local ecosystem.
In terms of space requirements, Dr. Wahyudi emphasized that beekeeping could be pursued within the confines of one's own home or a small surrounding area. The key factor, he stressed, was the availability of sufficient food for the bees. To achieve this, he encouraged residents to engage in environmental preservation efforts by planting flowers that would not only benefit the bees but also contribute to the local ecosystem. Beyond the economic benefits of honey production, Dr. Wahyudi highlighted the crucial role that bees play in pollination. Based on academic research conducted by his colleagues, he explained that bees are more effective in pollinating fruits, resulting in larger yields compared to other pollination methods, even when the quantity of bees remains the same. This finding underscores the ecological significance of beekeeping and its positive impact on the local environment.
One of the remarkable aspects of beekeeping, according to Dr. Wahyudi, is its flexibility in terms of time commitment. Unlike some occupations that require full-time engagement, beekeeping can be pursued alongside other primary activities. By ensuring that colonies are protected from potential predators such as ants and geckos, beekeepers can manage their colonies with ease.
This insightful forum discussion not only provided a glimpse into the remarkable journey of Dr. I Wayan Wahyudi but also shed light on the sustainable business practices employed by local Balinese entrepreneurs. By nurturing the environment, empowering the local community, and creating viable economic opportunities, beekeeping serves as a shining example of a successful and socially responsible enterprise. It was certainly an inspiring opportunity for our team to partake in the FGD and get inspired by such initiatives. The Upskill study program aims to demonstrate providing authentic educational experiences in Bali for students from around the world by facilitating such discussion. Tell us if you are inspired to participate in our study programs, contact us here.
By Billy Bagus