ISSN 2284-7995, ISSN Online 2285-3952


Published in Scientific Papers. Series "Management, Economic Engineering in Agriculture and rural development", Vol. 15 ISSUE 3
Written by Chibuzo Ikechukwu OKPOKIRI, Ifeanyi Ndubuto NWACHUKWU,

The study analyzed the determinants and profitability of honey production in Ikwuano Local Government Area of Abia state, Nigeria. Beyond the broad objective, the study specifically sought to analyze the socio economic characteristics of honey producers in the study area, examine the returns associated with honey production, estimate the production, analyze the determinant of honey production in the area and identify the constraints of honey producers in the area. A total of 60 respondents were randomly selected and interviewed in Ikwuano Local Government Area from which data and information were elicited. Multiple regression, descriptive statistics, Cobb Douglas production function and profitability analysis were used to analyze the data collected. The result shows that bee farmers in the study area combine honey production with others jobs, raise their capital themselves and mainly use family members as source of labour. Inadequate capital was highlighted as the major constraint to honey production in the study area. The coefficients of age, sex, income and household size were positively related to the quantity of honey produced and the gross margin of N47,183.33 shows that honey production is very lucrative in the study area and should be encouraged among farmers in Ikwuano Local Government Area.

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