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National Honey Fair concludes on Tuesday

A total of 50 beekeepers are participating in the fair, though 61 stalls were installed at the fair

Update : 11 Mar 2019, 10:17 PM

The three-day National Honey Fair, organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, will conclude on Tuesday. 

A total of 50 beekeepers are participating in the fair, though 61 stalls were installed at the fair, being held at Farmgate's Giasuddin Milky Auditorium.

Speaking to the Dhaka Tribune, Magura's beekeeper Mukhlesur Rahman said he produces around four tons of honey per year, and sells honey worth Tk6–7 lakhs to the retail market.

Another honey trader, Sheikh Habibur Rahman, 23, founder and managing director of MAARIJ Enterprise said he started his business in December 2017, with an initial investment of Tk10,000. Now his business is valued at Tk2 lakh.

Beekeeper Ruhul Amin said: “We are now incurring huge losses, getting less than Tk150 per kilogram. But traders who buy from us sell at much higher prices."

Due to lack of strong monitoring and management, Bangladesh's honey market has been captured by syndicates, causing beekeepers to be deprived of proper prices.

A beekeeper, wishing to remain anonymous, said the local honey market is controlled by syndicates which often cheat beekeepers.

Local honey companies in the country are buying the product for throwaway prices from  beekeepers and reselling at a markup to foreign companies, alleged honey traders participating at the fair.  

Furthermore, lack of promotion and marketing, without government and technological support in the local honey industry, is also taking a toll on honey entrepreneurs.

Gouranga Sutradhar, proprietor of Hridoy Mou Khamar said beekeepers do not have sufficient promotion of their products, adding that the authorities did not even take adequate steps to promote the fair.

He said that if the government did not take action to ensure fair prices for beekeepers and honey traders, the honey industry will collapse.

"Beekeepers are getting frustrated and will soon move on to some other means of earning money if the business does not bring enough profits," the honey trader added.

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