Dia Et Al


Dia et al

Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 8 (7), pp. 145-154, July 2018.

ISSN: 2276-7770  

Research Article

Manuscript Number: 071318096


(DOI: http://doi.org/10.15580/GJAS.2018.7.071318096)


Economics of Beekeeping
in Ganye Local Government Area of Adamawa State, Nigeria



DIA Y.Z.1, ONU J.I.2 and



1Department of
Agricultural Extension, Adamawa State College of Agriculture P.M.B. 2088,
Ganye, Nigeria

2Department of Agricultural
Economics and Extension, Modibbo Adama University of Technology P.M.B. 2076,
Yola Adamawa State, Nigeria



The study was carried out in Ganye local government
area of Adamawa State on the “Economics of Beekeeping”. A total of 46
beekeepers was randomly selected and interviewed in the study area.
Well-structured questionnaire (46) was employed to collect useful and relevant
data from the respondents. The data collected were analysis using descriptive
statistics, gross margin, profitability ratio analysis and multiple regression
analysis. The result of socio-economic characteristics of the respondents shows
that 67.39% of the beekeepers were within the highly productive age range of 30
– 49 years with most (91.3%) of the beekeepers being male. The results of gross
margin and profitability analysis indicates net farm income of N45,210.00, return on
investment per naira is N1.34.
This indicates that beekeeping is a lucrative enterprise. The result of
multiple regression analysis showed that age, sex educational level beekeeping
experience number of hives labour cost cost of hives
  were all positively related to
productivity. The coefficient of transportation cost  was negatively
related and is not significant. The coefficient of educational level  and
beekeeping experience were positive and significant at 1% level of probability.
The coefficient of number of hives  and cost of hives  were positive
and were significant at 5% and 10% respectively. The identified problems
include inadequate capital, lack of good storage facilities, high cost of
packaging materials, transportation problem, low yield, technology too
expensive, inadequate skilled manpower and theft. Based on the findings it was
recommended that government should subsidize inputs for the farmers, assist
them with loan and give them proper orientation on the benefit of beekeeping


Keywords: Beekeeping, Gross margin, Profitability, Honey, Ganye

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