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Honey extraction season begins in Sundarbans

Rifat Al Mahmoud, Bagerhat

Published: 09:23, 2 April 2024

Honey extraction season begins in Sundarbans

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The honey extraction season has commenced in the Sundarbans, marking the perfect time to collect honey in this region. Starting in early April, this season is set to continue until May 31, providing a two-month window for honey collection in the eastern part of the Sundarbans.

However, a hurdle looms ahead as a three-month ban on extracting all aquatic and forest resources from the Sundarbans will be imposed starting in June, affecting Gewar honey collection.

Officials from the Sundarbans department are optimistic about surpassing honey collection targets this year, with an aim to extract 1,000 quintals of honey and 300 quintals of wax in the East Division. Specific targets have been set for different ranges within the Sundarbans, including Sharankhola and Chandpai.

Last year, the East Division successfully extracted 863 quintals of honey and 258.96 quintals of beeswax. More than three thousand mauals are expected to participate in honey collection from Sharankhola and Chapai this season.

Mouals, who are integral to this process, invest between Tk 12,000 and Tk 15,000 each season, including expenses for permits, government revenue, and sustenance. Anticipating good returns, they are gearing up for the season with optimism, supported by early rains this year.

Divisional Forest Officer Kazi Mohammad Nurul Karim emphasized the importance of following guidelines during honey collection, ensuring the safety of both the environment and the beekeepers. Each mowal is granted a 14-day pass with specific instructions to adhere to forest regulations, underscoring the significance of sustainable honey harvesting practices in the Sundarbans.