Assessment of Potential and Constraints of Honey Production in Godere District, Southwest Ethiopia
American Journal of Life Sciences
Volume 7, Issue 6, December 2019, Pages: 120-127
Received: Sep. 17, 2019;
Accepted: Nov. 4, 2019;
Published: Dec. 2, 2019
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Gemechis Legesse Yadeta, Oromia Agricultural Research Institute, Holeta Bee Research Center, Holeta, Ethiopia
The study was conducted in Godere district, southwestern Ethiopia to assess the potential, opportunities and constraints in honey production. 120 beekeepers were selected and interviewed from two kebeles using semi structured questionnaire. Participatory discussions with key informant at village levels and Zone and District level bee experts and extension workers were also held to generate primary data. All the interviewed household heads were male headed, with average age of 37.42 years. The average number of traditional beehive holding was 28.4. It was found out that there are two to three honey production seasons in the district. The average productivity of colonies in traditional log beehives was 24.2+9.33. The major opportunities to engage on honeybee beekeeping were long beekeeping experience, existence of huge natural resource that includes honeybee flora, honeybee colonies, high productivity and increasing demand of honey in the area. About 93.25% of their produce (totally crude honey) was sold in nearby markets. 94.4% of respondents sold their honey immediately after harvest, while the remaining 5.6% stored for more than a month. 76.2% of the producers largely sold their honey in the nearest local market, only less than 24% of the respondents transport their honey to Meti town. The price difference between the village market and Meti was as high as 70%. The major honey buyers reported by the producers are the collectors (82.45%) and tej brewers (16.32%) in Godere district. Generally, the honey production system in the area is traditional forest beekeeping with a lot of constraints. Therefore, it needs systematic approach to tackle all the problems in the whole system starting from input supply all along to marketing. Provision of extension services to upgrade knowledge, develop skills and introduction of improved technologies needs due attention.
Gemechis Legesse Yadeta,
Assessment of Potential and Constraints of Honey Production in Godere District, Southwest Ethiopia, American Journal of Life Sciences.
Vol. 7, No. 6,
2019, pp. 120-127.
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