Honey and wax production is a major seasonal activity of bees in forest areas. Around 5000 locals earn their livelihood by gathering honey and bee-wax in the season from April to June. They are locally called as ‘Mahudharali’ (honey collector). […]
Around 5000 locals earn their livelihood by gathering honey and bee-wax in the season from April to June. They are locally called as ‘Mahudharali’ (honey collector).
“We used to eke out our living by collecting honey. But the Forest officials are not allowing us to collect honey for the last seven years. Sometimes, we grease the palms of the officials to collect honey from Bhitarkanika,” said Nrusingh Das, a honey collector of Dangamala village within the park.
“In Sundarban National Park of West Bengal, locals are allowed to collect honey from the mangrove forest. But in Bhitarkanika, it has been banned. As per the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act-2006, forest dwellers have right to collect honey,” said Umesh Chandra Singh, president of district Krushaka Sabha.
Source: Odisha: Honey lure leads to Barunei forest fire, The New Indian Express, 17th April 2018
Date visited: 27 January 2020
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