BEE'S BUDDY / PASSION / BESUT

DRONESS, which covers 135 beekeepers with a total colony of nearly 6000 hives, is the earliest and largest community in the hives industry in Malaysia. The Knowledge Transfer Programme (KTP) and USM, DRONESS members have been targeted with the objective of producing kelulut bee breeders who implement sustainable kelulut farming practices as well as adhere to standards for the production of quality kelulut honey.

This is also targeted to be a platform for branding kelulut honey as The Taste of Malaysian Biodiversity to international tourists visiting Pulau Perhentian. This project involved national collaboration with involving researchers from USM, UMT, UiTM, UTM and the Malaysian Genome Institute in collaboration with the Department of Social Welfare (JKM) and Tourism Malaysia as well as the private sector Honeygold Enterprise (M) Sdn. Bhd in line with the quadruple-helix collaboration model under the Ministry of Higher Education ( KPT).