Honey farming made many people especially some self-committed persons small entrepreneurs besides transforming them into self-reliant in Rajshahi region.
Every year, when some cash crops especially mustard and litchi become flooded with flowers, work of the professional and amateur honey-hunters along with their appointed workers is usually geared up. By virtue of the natural honey collection and marketing, Jarjish of Shayampur village under Paba upazila of Rajshahi district became a successful honey entrepreneur.
After taking loan of Taka 25,000 from Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank in 2004, he started the farming at different crop fields with six boxes and collected 400 kilograms of honey on the first year and 2,000 kgs on the following year.
"Now, I am collecting around 5,000 kilograms through using 150 boxes every year from November to June," Jarjish said here on Sunday illustrating his success story. He said that he had invested around Taka 40 lakh in the business and constructed a one-storey concrete building for establishing a honey processing plant partly, which processes around 200 kilograms of honey every week at present.
At least 200 kilograms could be processed everyday if the plant were full-fledged for proper marketing, he said. Jarjish said there are many other honey hunters in the district and they harvest around 50 tonnes of honey every year. The production can be doubled using modern technologies, according to BSS. -Mithun