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Title:
PARTICIPATORY EVALUATION AND DEMONSTRATION OF THE SIMPLEST METHOD OF HONEYBEE COLONY MULTIPLICATION TECHNIQUES IN FEDIS DISTRICT, EAST HARARGHE ZONE, OROMIA REGION, ETHIOPIA

Authors:
Abdulaziz Teha, Nasir Siraj, Oromiya Magersa, Bedeso Urgessa, Ibsa Aliyi, Kibret Ketema, Jafer Mume and Fira ol Lagessa

Abstract:
The activity was implemented in Fedis district of East Hararghe Zone at Boko sub-station for the last three years. This activity was initiated with the objective of evaluating and demonstrates simplest honeybee colony multiplication techniques. The activity was undertaken for the consecutive two years (2015-2016). For this case, the apiary site was established at sub-station of Fedis Agricultural Research Center. Three districts were selected to participate in the technology processing such as Fedis, Babile and Kersa. In the technology processing, farmers, development agents and subject matter specialists were involved from the beginning up to the end of the activity. For this purpose, training was provided for those members for both theoretical and practical aspect of full package technology. During demonstration, the bee colonies were transferred to modern hives and splitting of mother colonies were conducted with participation of the farmers, development agents and experts. As a result, four mother colonies were splitted but one absconded and four daughter colonies were developed using this technique. The yield obtained from splitted was 12.50 and 13.77 from daughter this indicate the daughters are active in producing honey than mothers. The feedback of the farmers indicated that the technique was very important for colony multiplication as they compared to their practice. It is recommended to disseminate technology further to reach larger farmers in the areas as it is very simple to practice after having training and reduce cost from buying queen that was raised with the existing price

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