Promoting micro, small and medium enterprises in beekeeping in Zambias Central Province: Making a case for the adoption of business incubation strategy

S. Hamauswa, J. Mulenga, R. B. Shula, M. M. Malunga
2017 African Journal of Agricultural Research  
Beekeeping has been a thriving enterprise among farmers in selected parts of Zambia. However, despite its enormous potential for transforming rural communities and through income generation, the beekeeping sector has experienced stunted growth for many years (or has not experienced meaningful growth for many years). Therefore, this study investigates the nature of beekeeping in selected parts of Zambia's Central Province in order to identify the challenges being faced and the possibility of
more » ... possibility of establishing a business incubation centre at Mulungushi University if the current supporting facilities are not optimal. The study reveals that there is a growing interest among the farmers to venture into beekeeping and the majority regard it as an alternative venture for income generation. Although, the production levels are not high as expected, there is great room for growth if the current setbacks are dealt with. The main challenges cited include inadequate financial support; lack of markets, charcoal burning, land conflicts, water challenges, knew knowledge and modern technology among others. The main recommendation of this study if for Mulungushi University to establish a business incubation centre to act as a conduit for support an exchange of knowledge with the beekeepers. The beekeepers also need sustained financial and material support from the government and cooperating partners. Lastly, there is need for the key stakeholders to converged and put their efforts together.
doi:10.5897/ajar2017.12449 fatcat:tx6zkamp6zcfjiafit5j6nc7zm