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.

Through this program, the DRONESS group became the first group of beekeepers in Malaysia to have followed a complete course based on the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) from the Basic Module Book of Kelulut Beekeeping issued by USM. This module book is the first SOP book that aims to guide breeders to produce natural, clean and quality kelulut bee honey that meets the characteristics of ‘medicinal honey’.