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Research Paper | Agricultural Economics | Kenya | Volume 10 Issue 9, September 2021
Determinant Factors Affecting the Uptake of Modern Beehives
Naftali Kiprono | Job Lagat | Raphael Gitau
Abstract: In the recent past, modern technologies in beekeeping have advanced in countries such as China, Argentina, and the USA, which are making honey exports worth millions of dollars. Modern beekeeping in Kenya is still a new idea as in most other African countries. This has led to low benefits from the sector. Despite the efforts made by the government, NGO's and development partners to boost the uptake of modern beehives in Baringo South Sub - County, their level of use remains low. This study seeks to determine the factors leading to low uptake. A multi - stage sampling technique was employed to select the wards and finally, a simple random sampling technique was used to obtain 197 beekeeping agri - entrepreneurs from the Sub - County. Primary data was obtained through interviews using pre - tested semi - structured questionnaires administered by trained enumerators. The data was analyzed and managed using STATA version 15 packages. The findings of the bivariate Probit model revealed that education level, land size, farming experience, household size, distance to the market, gender, extension access, group membership, off - farm income, and credit access have significantly influenced the uptake of modern beehives. These findings will assist policymakers and industries in formulating policies geared towards increased uptake of modern beehives for increased income.
Keywords: agrienterprise, beehive, beekeeping, bivariate Probit, uptake
Edition: Volume 10 Issue 9, September 2021,
Pages: 830 - 840