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UTMT Presenting to M.P State Government

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Sujana Krishnamoorthy, UTMT’s Executive Director and Saurabh Vaity, Programme Associate, recently presented our work to the Madhya Pradesh State Rural Livelihood Mission (MP-SRLM) in Bhopal.

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The presentation generated a buzz among the district livelihood teams present, several of them learning about beekeeping for the first time.

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The event was an important step in our efforts to expand beekeeping to more districts in M.P, with support from the state government.

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92 people from 23 districts in M.P attended over the course of two days.

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Healthy Honey Granola Bar

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Crave for a quick bite to satisfy your those hunger pangs? Try a healthy option that is tasty and loaded with all the health goodness required to stay fit!

Ingredients:
2 cups dry oats
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (toasted)
1-1/2 Tbsp ground cardamom
4-5 Tbsp butter
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
4 Tbsp UTMT honey of your choice

Method:
Heat the butter, brown sugar and honey in a saucepan until the butter melts and begins to boil.
Pour this mixture over the dry ingredients and mix until well coated.
Take an aluminum foil, pour the mix on it and tightly wrap it making a bar. Set to chill.
Once the bar is set. Cut into small pieces.

Your delicious snack is ready!

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Social Story – When RBL Bank interns visited us

One a hot June day, 32 management interns from RBL Bank visited our Valsad project villages to understand our work with small farmers and bees. RBL Bank supports the project here, and the interns received a first-hand view of the program’s objectives and progress made on various fronts.
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The group excited to begin field activities assigned by Dhara Patel, UTMT team leader Gujarat in the Beekeeping Resource Centre, Tutarkhed village
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Weighing and packing seeds of niger (an oilseed) and til (sesame), for distribution before the monsoons set in. The additional flora will serve as additional food for bees.
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Sesame seeds packed and ready to go!
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Fascinated to see bees up close
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An intern bravely volunteers to check a frame
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Lunch is served! – khichdi, brinjal vegetable, fresh mango-onion salad finished with deliciously sweet, ripe mangoes plucked from a beekeeper’s tree
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For the love of mangoes!
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Wall writing on a beekeeper’s house – “I am a beekeeper” – stenciled by the group
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Christina Kinny, UTMT Mumbai, presents Thank You notes to the teams
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Digging a mud pile around a mud-hive, to protect it from flooding during rains
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Social Story: Dedicated Volunteer & Beekeeper

UTMT’s most passionate volunteer and beekeeper, Mahadevan, interacted with kids at Ascend International School, Mumbai about bees and their significance in our ecosystem. The kids had a wonderful morning, imitating the bees’ waggle dance and asking lots of curious questions!

Thank you Maha, for all the tireless support you smilingly lend to UTMT 🙂

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Kiddie Bee Talk

UTMT recently visited Ascend International School, to educate and familiarize young kids about bees and their importance in the environment. The children were intrigued, the message well received and the day was accompanied by a whole lot of fun!

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Quote from the Director-General, FAO of the United Nations

Truly inspirational Quote by José Graziano da Silva, Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

“Pollination services are an ‘agricultural input’ that ensure the production of crops. All farmers, especially family farmers and smallholders around the world, benefit from these services. Improving pollinator density and diversity has a direct positive impact on crop yields, consequently promoting food and nutrition security. Hence, enhancing pollinator services is important for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as for helping family farmers’ adaptation to climate change.”

You would be happy to know that UTMT has so far reached out to 3500 farmers in 129 villages in 13 of the poorest districts in India in Gujarat, Maharashtra and MP.

Picture Credits: Martin Kunz clicked in Dandwal village of Dharampur, Gujarat.

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A proud moment for UTMT

Sujana Krishnamoorthy Executive Director, UTMT,  made a presentation on UTMT’s work on 29th April, 2016  in New Delhi at a South Asia conference on “Managing and Valuing Ecosystem services” organised by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC), GoI, SANDEE (South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics) and GIZ.

The aim of this conference is to disseminate and create awareness amongst policy makers, managers, researchers, and conservation NGOs about the results obtained in TEEB India Initiative (TII), as well as similar research made on demonstrating the economic value of ecosystems and biodiversity in India and the South Asian region.

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Social Story – The children in our project area

Our bee boxes attract audiences of all ages – especially children of beekeepers and their neighbours. On our trips, we often capture candid kiddie moments – some entertaining, some touching and others just plain cute!

Here are some heart warming pics of the innocent angels on our fields.

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Secret hiding place!

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Readying for honey extraction

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Already on her way to becoming a beekeeper

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Let’s Play

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Swinging towards a bright future

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Bliss

 

 

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Honey Chilli Sauce

Celebrity Chef Tarla Dalal’s recipe on Honey Chilli Sauce is a must try:

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If you like to tease your taste-buds with such flavour combinations, then the honey chilli sauce, made of red and green chillies suspended in lemon-tinged honey is just perfect for you!

Ingredients

3/4 cup UTMT honey
1 1/2 tbsp finely chopped fresh red chillies
1 tbsp finely chopped green chillies
1 tbsp lemon juice

Method

Combine all the ingredients in a deep bowl and mix well.
Refrigerate for atleast 1 hour.
Use as required or store refrigerated in an air-tight container.

Source: Tarla Dalal Recipes

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Honey Hokey Pokey

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Hokey pokey is a Cornish term for honeycomb. It is wonderful eaten in golden shards or crumbled into the best vanilla ice cream. It is also the perfect present to take to a dinner party. Better than flowers, as they need to be put into a vase, better than chocolate, which people tend to smile politely at, but put away in a drawer: no one can resist a bit of hokey pokey I’ve found.

The quantities I’ve specified don’t make an awful lot – enough to fill a little tin 12cm in diameter by 6cm deep – but any more and you’d be sued by your dentist.

INGREDIENTS
Makes: 125g / 2 cups

METRICCUPS
• 100 grams caster sugar
• 4 tablespoons golden syrup
• 1½ teaspoons bicarbonate of soda

METHOD
1. Put the sugar and syrup into a saucepan and stir together to mix. You mustn’t stir once the pan’s on the heat, though.
2. Place the pan on the heat and let the mixture first melt, then turn to goo and then to a bubbling mass the colour of maple syrup – this will take 3 minutes or so.
3. Off the heat, whisk in the bicarbonate of soda and watch the syrup turn into a whooshing cloud of aerated pale gold. Turn this immediately onto a piece of reusable baking parchment or greased foil.
4. Leave until set and then bash at it, so that it splinters into many glinting pieces.

Source: Nigella Lawson