Why start producing royal jelly ?
Royal jelly production often proves intimidating due to its sustained rhythm (keeping to a regular schedule) and technical expertise required (which like many other things simply needs to be learnt!) although it presents numerous assets !
Royal jelly production enables to diversify one’s beekeeping activity. If honey production proves less abundant than expected, jelly ascertains another source of income: on average, jelly provides 43% of our members’ turnover.
Production requires specific know-how and rigorous organisation. But once acquired, work adheres to a precise and recurring schedule which is both serene and reassuring.
Producing royal jelly is less strenuous than honey. There are fewer frames to carry and so the work is less physically demanding.
The initial investment is lower and the enterprise rapidly becomes profitable.
Finally, depending on the size of your enterprise, you may be able to create employment for a seasonal worker who will help with the various steps in the production process.
Should we (GPGR producers) be asked to provide a word of advice, we would say that there is plenty of room for everyone and that royal jelly harvesting can very well be carried out in parallel with honey production. Indeed, we are far from producing the tonnage of royal jelly consumed in France and only a few beekeepers have specialised solely in royal jelly production.
Finally, we would also emphasise that the qualities required to succeed are patience, perseverance, attention to detail, precision, order, care, cleanliness and a rigorous approach to work organisation.