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Comparative Evaluation of Mekonen Beehive Technology with Zander and KTB Beehive Types on Honey Yield and Cost Benefit Analysis Under Sidama Condition, Ethiopia
International Journal of Biomedical Materials Research
Volume 8, Issue 2, December 2020, Pages: 29-33
Received: Oct. 20, 2020; Accepted: Dec. 9, 2020; Published: Dec. 22, 2020
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Dinku Negash, South Agricultural Research Institute, Hawassa Research Center, Hawassa, Ethiopia
Mekonen Debara, South Agricultural Research Institute, Hawassa Research Center, Hawassa, Ethiopia
Bangu Bekel, South Agricultural Research Institute, Hawassa Research Center, Hawassa, Ethiopia
Amare Aregaw, South Agricultural Research Institute, Hawassa Research Center, Hawassa, Ethiopia
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Abstract
Hive is essential for honey bees to build their nests in such a way that it is easy to manage and maintain them. This study examined three beehive types: namely Mekonen, Zander model and Kenya Top Bar Hive (KTB), based on honey yield performance and profitability under Sidama condtion, Ethiopia. A total of 9 honeybee colonies which had similar strength were selected for comparison of different beehive in Remeda and Dilla substation. Honey yield data from each hive per harvesting season was recorded immediately after harvest. The overall average annual honey yield performance clearly revealed that Mekonen hive (26.77 ± 3.25 kg/hive) were significantly higher (p < 0.05) than zander hive (20.77 ± 2.33 kg/hive) and KTB hive (17.61 ± 4.20 kg/hive). While, in both sub research station there was no significant difference in honey yield among the three hives. Mekonen hive stands first due to honey yield and preference while, KTB hive was affordable to the farmers due to cost and durability of the frame and ventilation followed by improved frame hive compared to Mekonen hive. It is therefore recommended to use the Mekonen hive as an alternative technology in addition to KTB and frame hive.
Keywords
Bee Hives Type, Honey Yield, Production Cost
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Dinku Negash, Mekonen Debara, Bangu Bekel, Amare Aregaw, Comparative Evaluation of Mekonen Beehive Technology with Zander and KTB Beehive Types on Honey Yield and Cost Benefit Analysis Under Sidama Condition, Ethiopia, International Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Vol. 8, No. 2, 2020, pp. 29-33. doi: 10.11648/j.ijbmr.20200802.14
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