Beekeeping Practice and Forest Conservation in Gwer-West Local Government Area of Benue State, Nigeria
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Volume 4, Issue 5, October 2015, Pages: 222-227
Received: Jul. 29, 2015;
Accepted: Aug. 27, 2015;
Published: Sep. 14, 2015
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Francis Sarwuan Agbidye, Department of Forest Production and Products, University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Nigeria
Thompson Orya Hyamber, Department of Forest Production and Products, University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Nigeria
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The research was conducted in Gwer West Local Government Area of Benue State, Nigeria as to ascertain the number of beekeepers in the area, identify the beekeeping methods used, the quantity of honey produced, the income generated, bee plants in the area, conservation methods used, and the challenges faced by beekeepers in the study area. Multi-stage and purposive sampling techniques were used to administer one hundred (100) copies of questionnaire in the study area as follows: 20 in Tsambe/Mbesev, 20 in Tyouhatiee/Injah, 15 in Gbaange/Tongov, 10 in Tijime, 12 in Avihijime, 15 in Nyamshii, and 8 in Meeikyeh respectively. The results showed that beekeepers exist in the study area with majority of them falling between the ages of 20 and 40 years and they use traditional methods of beekeeping. The study also revealed that the main reason for keeping bees in the study area was for income generation while the major challenge of beekeeping in the study area was pests. Majority (78%) of the beekeepers produce about 40 litres of honey while a few (18%) produce above 80 litres of honey annually generating between ₦28, 000.00 and ₦100, 000.00 (about 160 - 500USD) annually per beekeeper. The major bee plants in the study area were Daniellia oliveri, Citrus sinensis, and Mangifera indica while the major conservation methods used include deliberate retention of bee plants on farmlands, planting of bee plants in home gardens, fire tracing among others. It was recommended that training on modern beekeeping methods should be carried out in the study area to improve beekeeping practice in the study area.
Beekeeping Practice, Beekeepers, Bee Plants, Forest Conservation, Home Gardens
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Francis Sarwuan Agbidye,
Thompson Orya Hyamber,
Beekeeping Practice and Forest Conservation in Gwer-West Local Government Area of Benue State, Nigeria, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
Vol. 4, No. 5,
2015, pp. 222-227.
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