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Article Number - 40F12AA55238


Vol.9(12), pp. 109-114 , December 2017
DOI: 10.5897/JHF2017.0503
ISSN: 2006-9782



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Assessment of beekeeping production system and constraints in Sude Woreda, Arsi Zone Oromia Ethiopia



Alemayehu Weldearegay
  • Alemayehu Weldearegay
  • Sude Woreda Livestock and Fishery Office. Ethiopia.
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Abera Anja
  • Abera Anja
  • College of Agriculture, Woliata Sodo University, Ethiopia.
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 Received: 01 August 2017  Accepted: 20 October 2017  Published: 31 December 2017

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This article is published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0


The study was conducted in Arsi Zone Sude Woreda, Oromia region, Ethiopia aims to assess beekeeping production systems and constraints. Totally, 90 households were selected for the study. Semi structured questionnaire was prepared to collect primary data. The collected data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and the results were organized by tables and graphs. Based on the survey result, about 97% of the respondents indicated there are different forage types of honey bees’ floras like shrubs, bushes, cultivated crops herbs, weeds and some woody plants like Wanza, Koshem, Sesbania, Acacia and Tree Lucerne. The majority (72%) of the respondents obtained beekeeping by catching swarms. Honey was harvested twice a year from May to June and September to November. The survey result also indicated that beekeeping has a huge number of constraints that hinder honey bee production and profitability. The major constraints are shortage of bee forage, pests and predators, death of colony, swarming; bad weather and marketing. Lack of bee forage associate with deforestation is the main problem, and it ranks first from all the constraints. The major pests and predators are ants, rats, beetles wax moth, bee lice, spiders, birds, lizards, snakes, etc. The respondents indicated that, they have interest to improve beekeeping practices in the area. So the government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) should support by training them on how to manage honey bee flora, and providing modern honey bee equipment to enhance the honey productivity is also very important to enhance the products of beekeeping in the study area. 
 
Key words: Beekeeping practice, Ethiopia.

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APA Weldearegay, A., & Anja, A. (2017). Assessment of beekeeping production system and constraints in Sude Woreda, Arsi Zone Oromia Ethiopia. Journal of Horticulture and Forestry, 9(12), 109-114.
Chicago Alemayehu Weldearegay and Abera Anja. "Assessment of beekeeping production system and constraints in Sude Woreda, Arsi Zone Oromia Ethiopia." Journal of Horticulture and Forestry 9, no. 12 (2017): 109-114.
MLA Alemayehu Weldearegay and Abera Anja. "Assessment of beekeeping production system and constraints in Sude Woreda, Arsi Zone Oromia Ethiopia." Journal of Horticulture and Forestry 9.12 (2017): 109-114.
   
DOI 10.5897/JHF2017.0503
URL http://academicjournals.org/journal/JHF/article-abstract/40F12AA55238

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