2017, Cilt 33, Sayı 4, Sayfa(lar) 260-267
Problems and expectations of beekeeping enterprises in Ardahan Province
Pınar Ayvazoğlu Demir1, Erol Aydın1, Kemal Yazıcı2, Turgut Kırmızıbayrak3
1Kafkas Üniversitesi, Veteriner Fakültesi, Hayvancılık Ekonomisi ve İşletmeciliği Anabilim Dalı, 36100 Kars, Türkiye
2Ardahan Üniversitesi, Posof MYO, Bitkisel ve Hayvansal Üretim Bölümü, 75802 Ardahan, Türkiye
3Kafkas Üniversitesi, Veteriner Fakültesi, Zootekni Anabilim Dalı, 36100 Kars, Türkiye
Keywords: Ardahan, beekeeping, honey, livestock economy, problems’

Aim: The study was carried out to determine the problems and precautions on beekeeping in Ardahan Province.

Materials and Methods: The material of the research was the data obtained from the survey that was carried out with face-toface interviews with 216 people in 661 beekeeping enterprises operating in Ardahan province in 2013.

Results: It was identified that 46.3% of beekeepers started beekeeping activities within the last 10 years, 60.7% of them had at least high school education level, and 93.5% of them had other occupations in addition to beekeeping. Only 37.5% of participants expressed that they were satisfied with the current prices of honey, and 8.8% of them stated that they had the opinion of quitting beekeeping practices in the future. The beekeepers stated that three of the most important problems that they encountered were "providing quality queen bee", "bee diseases and harms of these diseases" and "low productivity of bee breeds".

Conclusion: In the study conducted in the province of Ardahan, it was determined that the problems related to the sector were in a situation that could not be considered separately from the problems that were related to beekeeping practices all over the country, therefore there were common problems countrywide. For this reason, in order to solve the problems in beekeeping sector in Turkey; the cooperation among beekeeping associations, universities and the Ministry of Agriculture about specializing and branding in organic/ecological beekeeping will bring an important momentum to the production of honey and other bee products.