Sundarbans Honey: ‘Made In India’ Brand Is On The G20 Gift List! Process, Benefits And More Inside

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
Sundarbans Honey: ‘Made In India’ Brand Is On The G20 Gift List! Process, Benefits And More Inside

For the G20 Summit, world leaders and delegates from other countries recently travelled to India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave them unique presents as they left for their home countries. These presents are a carefully chosen assortment of handcrafted objects that reveal much about India’s rich cultural past and customs. Sundarbans Honey, a “Made in India” project brand, is one of them, and here’s all you should know about it. 

Sundarbans Honey: A ‘Made In India’ Brand


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The Sundarbans, the world’s biggest mangrove forest, provided one of the gifts. Sundarbans Multiflora Mangrove Honey has a unique and complex flavour character that reflects the biodiversity of the region. 

The nectar of several mangrove flowers, including Khalisha, Bani, and Garan, is combined in Sundarbans Multiflora Mangrove Honey to produce a harmonious blend of earthy and sweet overtones. 

Comparitively, it has less viscosity than other honey. In addition to being entirely natural and clean, Sundarbans honey has a high flavonoid content and offers several health advantages.

Sundarbans Mangrove Honey is a nutrient-dense honey that has antiseptic qualities and micronutrients that help strengthen immunity and lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, and asthma.

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Wild Honeybee Colonies


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The joint forest management committees under the Bengal Forest Department are in charge of marketing this honey. 

It’s a proud time for everyone connected to the Sundarbans, according to Milan Mandal, the DFO for the forest division of South 24 Parganas. The heads of state and other delegates have been introduced to the well-known Sundarbans honey, which is sold under the brand name “bonphool” and is distributed by the Joint Forest Management Committee.

Situated in the delta created by the confluence of the Ganges, Brahmaputra, and Meghna rivers in the Bay of Bengal, the Sundarbans is the world’s biggest mangrove forest. There are wild honeybee colonies there. Before beehive farming became popular, people would hunt honeycombs in the wild.

As part of this project, bee boxes located in jungle camps are used to collect honey, which is then grown and sold by the people without putting them in danger of going into the forest.

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A Livelihood For Forest Residents


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More than 30,000 people reside in the four districts of Jharkhali, Kultali, Nalgora, and Ramganga within the Sundarbans Biosphere Reserve. 

Because there are few opportunities for a respectable living due to their hostile environment, they frequently explore forests. This includes a high risk of being killed by tigers, crocodiles, and snakes. They yet frequently explore forests to gather firewood, lumber, honey, fish, crabs, sand, and mushrooms. A number of them engage in illicit bushmeat hunting as well.

In an effort to provide alternative livelihoods, the state forest department’s joint forest management committee has established Sundarban Banaraksha Bahumukhi Samabay Samity (SBBSS). It is in charge of four village-level cooperatives. 

The existing population can use the platforms provided by these SBBSS and JFMCs to apply for loans and launch small businesses like homestays, beekeeping, handicrafts, jewellery, bags, and so forth.

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