400 honey gatherers have entered the forest on the very first day of the season
This year's honey collecting season has begun in the Sundarbans.
Khulna Divisional Forest Conservator (West) DFO Bashirul Al Mamun, at an event held at Satkhira's Shyamnagar upazila's Burigoalini Forest Station, inaugurated this year's honey collection season on Monday.
The season will continue till June 15.
This year, the government aims to collect 3,000 maunds of honey and 1,000 maunds of wax from the Satkhira range.
Honey and wood collectors of the district have already received all the necessary permissions from the local forest department to start collecting honey, wax, and wood this season from the Sundarbans.
Addressing the proceedings, Khulna Divisional Forest Conservator Bashirul said: "We have a target of collecting 1,050 quintals of honey and 265 quintals of wax from the Satkhira range this year. A price of Tk750 per quintal has been set for honey whereas a price of Tk1,500 per quintal has been set for wax.
"Honey, wax, and wood collectors are not allowed to enter the areas that have been declared as animal sanctuaries in the Sundarbans."
"After receiving permission from the authorities concerned, an individual has 14 days to collect a maximum of 50kg of honey. They will also be allowed to collect 15kg of unprocessed wax," he added.
He added: "The usage of chemicals, fire, or flammable substances is completely prohibited, in order to prevent any disturbance or loss of wild animal life. We have taken all the necessary steps to ensure the safety of both the collectors and the animals. We are hopeful that if the weather stays favourable, we will be able to achieve our objective.
"Four hundred honey gatherers have entered the forest to collect honey on the very first day of the season."
Shyamnagar upazila Chairman SM Ataul Haque Osman, Satkhira Assistant Range Officer (ACF) GM Rafiq—along with Satkhira Range employees, locals, dignitaries, and media personnel—were present at the inaugural event.