During the fiscal year of 2020-21, the calmer forest environment and additional mouals (honey collectors) entering the forest have resulted in a higher honey collection from the Sundarbans.
Based on the Forest Department, 2,159 quintals of honey was collected from the Sundarbans in the year which is 152 quintals higher than that of the previous year.
During the fiscal year of 2019-20, nearly 2,000 quintals of honey were collected from the mangrove forest and in the fiscal year of 2018-19, it was 1,419 quintals.
Burigoalini Forest Station Officer in the SundarbansSatkhira Range, Sultan Ahmed, stated that every year 3,000 to 3,500 mouals enter the Sundarbans. However, in the previous fiscal year, a minimum of 500 more traditional honey collectors, known as mouals, entered the forest. Nearly 4,000 mouals went into the Sundarbans for honey, which assisted the higher yield.
Abul Hasan, another official of the Sundarbans Satkhira Range, stated that the ban on tourism and fewer natural disasters also made for a calmer forest environment, resulting in greater honey production and collection.