M.R. Sajaya Kumar is known in Avinissery panchayat as the ‘honey man.’ The reason — he distributes honey free of cost to children of his panchayat.
Mr. Kumar swears that honey will improve children’s memory power and strengthen their resistance to diseases.
Virtues of honey
A bee keeper by profession, Sajaya Kumar extols the virtues of honey. He has been surviving on honey, vegetables and fruits for more than five years now. “I succeeded in enhancing my health despite my age by consuming only honey,” he says.
A project to distribute honey to 14,000 children in the panchayat was inaugurated on Thursday by Thrissur Archbishop Mar Andrews Thazhathu. Under the project, each child will get 25 gm honey a month.
“I am giving free honey to 1,500 children in the panchayat already. But I wanted to extend the benefits to more people. If the practice of having honey everyday could be developed in the new generation, it will help create a healthy society,” he says.
The project requires 4,500 kg of honey a month. Mr. Kumar keeps 3, 000 colonies of bees at Palakkad, Nilambur and Thrissur.
The ‘honey man’ also distributes honey to patients at the government leprosy hospital, Koratty.
“A visit to the leprosy hospital at Koratty made me think of distributing honey to them so that the patients could get the benefit of its nutritional value,” says Sajaya Kumar.
Twenty five grams of honey equals the goodness of 10 eggs. The patients of the hospital who need special care and healthy food will surely be benefited by it, claims Sajaya Kumar.
More than 250 inmates of the leprosy hospital receive honey from Mr. Kumar.
He has plans to distribute honey bees to the hospital so that the inmates who recover from the disease could receive honey during their rehabilitated.
Sajaya Kumar says honey is the best solution for diabetics due to the presence of enzymes that resolve the high sugar content in the body.
A workshop was conducted at Palakkal as a part of the inauguration of his project. S. Devaneshan, scientist at College of Agriculture, Vellayani, led the workshop.
A bee keeper in Avinissery spreads the goodness of honey to the younger members of the panchayat.