Article Review: Honey bees as a means of sustainable livelihood in rural areas

December 22nd, 2012  |  Published in Honey Bee Review

Written by Katherine Norregaard, Simmons College undergraduate biology student

Azeez, F. A., Akankuku, A. I., & Ojo, O. B. (2012). ASSESSMENT OF HONEY PRODUCTION AS A MEANS OF SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOOD IN IBADAN METROPOLIS. Continental Journal Of Agricultural Economics, 6(1), 46-51. doi:10.5707/cjae.2012.6.1.46.51

This study aimed to look at the possible benefits of honey production in remote rural areas.

Honey bees use the honey that they produce as a food source in cold weather or when food resources are scarce.  It is because of the chemical properties and unique composition that honey is able to last for extended periods of him (as long as humidity is kept at a minimum).  Honey is often used in cooking, baking, to sweeten beverages and other foods, as well as used to make some alcoholic beverages.  Honey also has many religious connections including being mention in the Christian New Testament and the Quran.  In addition honey has many valuable vitamins and nutrients as well as medicinal qualities.  This study surveyed residents on their involvement in honey production, education and the profitability of honey production.  This study showed that those who had more experience with honey and increased education about honey production had increased profitability when it came to selling their honey.   This study suggests that by educating those about honey production, those in rural areas can become successful in honey production.  Honey plays a vital role lives as it has nutritional, medicinal and economical value.  In addition it does not perish quickly further increasing its value.  With the right education and experience honey production is successful means of income.

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