Journal of
Development and Agricultural Economics

  • Abbreviation: J. Dev. Agric. Econ.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9774
  • DOI: 10.5897/JDAE
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 527

Full Length Research Paper

Factors affecting market supply of honey in Chena district, Kaffa zone, Southern Ethiopia

Kassa Tarekegn
  • Kassa Tarekegn
  • Southern Agricultural Research Institute, Socio-Economics Research Division, P. O. Box 101, Bonga, Ethiopia.
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Jema Haji
  • Jema Haji
  • School of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Haramaya University, P. O. Box 138, Dire Dawa, Ethiopia.
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Bosena Tegegne
  • Bosena Tegegne
  • School of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Haramaya University, P. O. Box 138, Dire Dawa, Ethiopia.
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  •  Received: 08 October 2017
  •  Accepted: 16 November 2017
  •  Published: 31 March 2018

Abstract

Despite high volume of honey production in Chena district of southern Ethiopia, the market supply of honey is low as compared to its potential due to some socioeconomic, demographic, production, market and institution related factors. This study was initiated to identify factors affecting volume of honey marketed. Data from 154 sample honey producers was collected and analyzed using multiple linear regression model with the aid of STAT version 13. The regression model result reveals that beekeeping experience, hive types used, number of beehives owned, number of extension contact and cooperative membership positively and significantly affected honey market supply while distance from nearest market significantly and negatively affected it. To enhance volume supplied with appropriate market outlet choices which in turn increase producers income generated from honey, all concerned bodies need to focus on promoting farmer-to-farmer knowledge sharing with experienced households, capacity building through training on improved honey production, increasing access to improved beehives, improving poor road facility, strengthening financial capacity of existing and establishment of additional beekeepers cooperatives.

Key words: Honey, market supply, multiple linear regression.