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Title:Factors affecting agroforestry sustainability in bee endemic parts of South Eastern Nigeria
Authors:Okoye, C.U.ISNI
Agwu, A.E.
Periodical:Discovery and Innovation (ISSN 1015-079X)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Nigeria
West Africa
Agriculture, Agronomy, Forestry
Bee culture
sustainable agriculture
External link:https://www.ajol.info/index.php/dai/article/view/15680
Abstract:This article identifies various ways in which bad beekeeping and honey hunting practices result in the loss of important multipurpose agroforestry tree species in bee endemic parts of southeastern Nigeria. Both qualitative and quantitative approaches were used in an interactive manner to collect data from five randomly selected communities in Nsukka, Igbo-Etiti, Uzo-Uwani, Igbo-Eze South and Udenu Local Government Areas of Enugu State. Results show that beekeeping/honey hunting in the area are traditionally gender-specific occupations, involving only male members of the households, while female members play an active role in the processing, preservation and marketing of products. The majority of the beekeepers/honey hunters were within the age range of 31-50 years and most of them had less than secondary school education. Findings reveal that outright felling of some trees in order to permit the extraction of honey, cutting tree trunks open and/or cutting down tree branches and setting surrounding bush on fire are among the major factors impacting negatively on the agroforestry of the area. Recommendations are made for improving harvesting practices for hive and other non-timber forest products in order to avert the erosion of the natural resource-base of the fragile farming ecosystem of the area. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]