The Role Of Beekeeping On Forest Conservation And Poverty Alleviation In Moshi Rural District,Tanzania

  • Gileard S. Minja Department of Geography; Mwenge Catholic University (MWECAU), Moshi, Tanzania
  • Theresia J. Nkumilwa Department of Geography; Mwenge Catholic University (MWECAU), Moshi, Tanzania

Abstract

The study examined The Role of Beekeeping in Forest Conservation and Poverty Alleviation in Moshi Rural District. It was guided by the following research objectives firstly to examine the challenges of beekeeping, secondly to identify the market, products and technology used in beekeeping and lastly to examine the contributions of beekeeping on forest conservation and poverty alleviation in Moshi rural district. The study employed mixed research design where by 70 beekeepers were sampled. Both primary and secondary data were employed in this study. Different methods were used in data collection which included house hold questionaire, interviews, wealth ranking, observation and focus group discussion. Statistical package for social science (SPSS) version 16 and microsoft excel were used to analyze quantitative data. Findings revealed that 40% of sampled beekeepers agreed that beekeeping contributed to forest and biodiversity conservation through afforestation programs. which imply Results revealed that there is strong positive relationship (r = 0.718) between numbers of beehives and liters of honey produced in a year in Moshi rural district. Majority, 75% of the sampled beekeepers disagreed to the fact that beekeeping contributes to poverty alleviatio. This is because majority lacks skills, reliable market and appropriate technology. The findings further revealed that financial constraint is the most emerging challenge where by 62% of the respondents said they lack finaces to buy modern beehives.

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Published
2016-08-29
How to Cite
Minja, G. S., & Nkumilwa, T. J. (2016). The Role Of Beekeeping On Forest Conservation And Poverty Alleviation In Moshi Rural District,Tanzania. European Scientific Journal, ESJ, 12(23), 366. https://doi.org/10.19044/esj.2016.v12n23p366