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Tata Power CSR project – Women’s training at Jawhar

UTMT’s most recent CSR partnership with Tata Power in Jawhar, Maharashtra, scaled new heights in September.

Seeing their husbands keeping beeboxes for the past 10 months, the women in the community expressed interest in learning the skill too.

They felt they could pitch in maintaining the boxes when the men were away on work.

We were only too happy to conduct a training for the enthusiastic bunch of women who attended with their children.

Here’s are a few pictures from the CSR project –

Chintu Sathe, UTMT’s Master Trainer, breaks the ice with stories from his own 3-year beekeeping experience

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Theory lessons on the different kinds of honeybee species found in nature. The “students” diligently take notes

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Chabildas Jadhav, Senior Technical Assistant, points out the distinguishing features of honeybees’ combs through photographs. Most women are familiar with them, their families having lived in forests for generations

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Chintu takes a volunteer’s help to explain parts of a bee box and honey extractor

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Honey: The Skin Magician

Honey is not only sweet to taste, but it is loaded with so many natural ingredients, most of which will not be found anywhere!

honey face

Honey is no less than a magician when it comes to conducting a routine face ritual. This sticky substance acts as a wonderful face cleanser.

 

 

Gentle Exfoliator
Honey is loaded with antioxidants, enzymes, and other nutrients that nourish, cleanse, and hydrate skin. Baking soda, meanwhile, is a gentle natural exfoliator that removes dead skin cells, allowing new cells to emerge for a radiant complexion.

Try it

Mix two tablespoons honey with one tablespoon baking soda. Splash your skin with water, then gently rub the concoction on your face or body in a circular motion.

Rinse well.

 

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Honey Berry Milkshake

Cool off this summer with some delicious mouth watering honey inspired milkshakes!

Ingredients

1 pint Nonfat vanilla frozen yogurt or ice cream
2 ½ Cups strawberries or assorted berries
½ cup Nonfat milk
¼ cup UTMT honey
4 small Mint sprigs

Procedure

Combine all ingredients except mint sprigs in blender or food processor; process about 30 seconds or until smooth. Pour into tall glasses. Garnish with mint sprigs.

Source: The National Honey Board

 

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Super Summer Drink: Spiced Honey Chamomile Cooler

Beat the heat with this simply awesome Summer cooler drink!

  • 4 – Chamomile tea bags*
  • 4 – cinnamon sticks
  • 20 – whole cloves
  • 1/2 cup – UTMT honey
  • 1/4 cup – fresh lemon juice

Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add tea bags, cinnamon, and cloves ; let simmer for 5 minutes. Remove cinnamon and cloves and stir in honey and lemon juice. Place in refrigerator until chilled (approx. 1 hour). Pour over ice and garnish with fresh lemon slices.

 

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Ginger Honey Hibiscus Drink

  • 1 cup  – dried hibiscus leaves
  • 4 cups  – boiling water
  • 1 ¼ cups  – ginger infused honey simple syrup
  • ¼ cup – sugar
  • 1 cup – sparkling wine
  • lime wedge, for garnish
  • ice cubes

    Ginger Infused Honey Simple Syrup
  • 1 cup  – UTMT honey
  • ¼ cup  – water
  • 1 inch piece  – fresh ginger, cut in ¼-inch pieces
  • 1 lime – zest

Place dried hibiscus leaves in a large bowl. Pour boiling water over leaves and let steep for 20-30 minutes. In a pot combine honey, water, ginger and lime zest and gently warm on low. Let the ginger and zest steep for at least 10 minutes. Strain hibiscus mixture and discard the leaves. Strain ginger honey syrup and discard the ginger and zest. Combine honey simple syrup and hibiscus liquid and sugar. Stir well. Chill.

Before serving, add sparkling wine. Serve over ice. Garnish with lime wedges.

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Master Trainer Success Story – Bharatbhai

Bharatbhai Bhoya, 25 is UTMTs youngest Master Trainer from Tutarkhed village in Gujarat. Bharatbhai initially cultivated only rain-fed crops such as Rice, Ragi, and Black Gram.

After being trained by Under The Mango Tree on beekeeping, Bharatbhai understood the role bees played as pollinators and their impact on increasing farm yields. He then adopted a bee-friendly cropping pattern and today also takes a second crop, that includes Sunn Hemp, Onion, Niger and Gram.

As a result of bee pollination, yield of these crops have increased by 80% earning him an additional income of Rs 7700/- last year. With regard to income from honey, he says “In the monsoon when we have no income source, we have honey to sell”. Last year, he earned Rs. 2300/- through honey sales with the help of UTMT.

As a result of honey and increased farm yields, Bharatbhai has now been able to add Rs 10,000 to the Rs 25,000 he earned annually before beekeeping.

His income thus increasing by 40% in just one year!

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Summer Coolers

Honey – Yogurt Parfait  

For this healthy and power packed drink, you just need to follow a few simple steps!

You will need:

1 large – banana, sliced, divided
1/3 cup – honey, divided
1/2 cup – plain yogurt, divided
1/2 cup – crunchy granola, divided

Here’s how you make it:

Reserve several slices of banana for garnish.

Layer 1 Tablespoon of UTMT honey, 1/4 of the pre-sliced banana, 2 Tablespoons yogurt, 2 Tablespoons granola, 1/4 of the sliced banana, 2 Tablespoons yogurt, 1 Tablespoon honey and 2 Tablespoons granola in parfait glass.

Repeat for second parfait.

Garnish with reserved banana and your favorite flavored UTMT honey.

 

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Honey – Mustard dip

For an extremely delicious Honey – Mustard dip you would need:

1 cup Mayonnaise

1/2 cup of your favorite UTMT honey

1/2 cup of mustard

Procedure

Mix all three ingredients together until thoroughly combined.

Hints – Low fat or reduced fat mayo is fine to use – it’s all that I usually have in the house.

Warm the honey for a few seconds in the microwave. It will make it much easier to combine.

* For quick scaling, use 4 parts mayo, 2 parts honey, 1 part mustard. Frequently I’ll use 2 tablespoons mayo, 1 tablespoon honey, 1/2 tablespoon (1 1/2 teaspoons) mustard for 1-2 servings, or 4 tablespoons mayo, 2 tablespoons honey, and 1 tablespoon mustard for 2-3 generous servings.

And there you have it, a scrumptious dip to go with chips, fries or almost anything that you please!

 

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Honey with Lime – Weight loss Formula

Weight loss involves a lot of determination and commitment.

While gymming or playing a sport can bring down your weight, eating right is also very important.

Beginning the weight loss regime here’s the “honey and lime” combination:

Why try just any honey when UTMT offers you a variety of honey that serves specific needs. For weight loss, try our  delicious range of honey of your choice.

 

Mix 2 tbsp honey in luke warm water and have it the first thing in the morning. Within 15 days, you’ll see the differenc for yourself.

 

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Naturally Exfoliate Your Skin

Your skin goes through a lot of pollution during the day. All it needs is a bit of relaxation and exfoliation. Basically, a ‘honey with oats’ face pack is the exactly what your skin needs!

To prepare your honey with oats pack, you will need:

– Half cup of your favorite UTMT honey

– Handful of oats

 

Procedure:

– Make a thick paste out of the honey and oats.

– Apply it on your face as a face mask

– Allow it to dry for about 10 to 15 minutes

– Exfoliate it thoroughly while removing it

– Wash your face with cold water and tap your face dry with a soft face towel

 

Notice how your skin feels rejuvenated and fresh!