CHALLENGES OF BEE-KEEPING AND HONEY TRADE AMONG SMALL HOLDER BEE-KEEPERS AND SMALL & MEDIUM ENTERPRISERS IN NIGERIA
This study was conducted to unfold the challenges confronting small holder bee-keepers and SMEs in honey trade across Nigeria. An operation research and descriptive survey was used for the investigation. The population for the study was made up of over two thousand small holder
bee-keepers and SMEs in honey trade. 150 small holder bee-keepers & 50 SMEs in honey trade totaling (200) were selected purposively for the study. Data collected on the study was analyzed using simple descriptive statistics of frequency and percentage distribution of subjects'
responses. The results and findings from this study unfolded enormous challenges confronting the focus group. It was concluded by proffering practical solutions to alleviate those challenges and promote operations and performances among the focus group, so that this sector can
contribute its quota to socio-economic growth and sustainable development of the agricultural sector in Nigeria.