This amount is five times higher than that of last year, said sources at the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) here.
Farmers of Rajshahi, Naogaon, Natore and Chapainawabganj districts had been engaged in honey extraction since mid-November, said Fazlur Rahman, additional director of DAE.
Farmers set up 7,500 bee-colonies near mustard fields in different villages where there was good flowering, and got around 80kg of honey from each colony in two weeks, the growers said.
The farmers said they were able to sell one-third of the honey to local people and wholesalers at around Tk150 per kilogramme, and are waiting for business companies to buy the rest.
The growers said they will be able to make a good profit if the companies buy our honey for Tk150 to Tk200 per kg.
“I got 35 maunds of honey from my 63 bee-colonies in Borobilla area under Paba upazila. I sold 12 maunds to locals. Now I am waiting to sell the rest to a company at a good price,” said Habibur Rahman Babu, a farmer in Darusha village under the same upazila.
A number of growers echoed the same, saying they have to spend about 50% of the earning to meet the cost during extraction and to feed the bees during the off-season.
Deputy Director of DAE Dev Dulal Dhali said mustard was cultivated on around 30,000 hectares of land in the district, and there was good growth of the crop due to favourable weather.
As a result, honey farmers were encouraged to set their bee-colonies beside mustard fields across the district and were able to collect a large amount of honey, he added.
“We are motivating honey growers and crop farmers to increase cultivation of mustard as honeybees help increase the output by more than 20%-25% through pollination,” he added.