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Cooperative Entrepreneurship Mindset Development For Beekeepers In Manicaland Province, Zimbabwe.

Volume 5 - Issue 2, February 2022 Edition
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Author(s)
John Mwandifura, Dr. Lovemore Chikazhe, Dr. Josphat Manyeruke, Dr. Nilton Mashavakure, Chidziso Ben.
Keywords
Honey market, honey production, co-operative business, Manicaland province, Zimbabwe
Abstract
Cooperatives have a universal image as an instrument of economic, social and cultural support, and yet their known record has been less than exemplary in any country. The study provides an overview of Manicaland province of Zimbabwe beekeepers’ status and their interest in establishing cooperative business that has to improve their position in the market place within the country and abroad. Two hundred and ten beekeepers were surveyed from October 2021 and completed in December 2021 from seven districts of Manicaland. The survey was covering four objective of the study: 1.To examine the entrepreneurship mindset of respondents regarding present and future beekeeping business in Zimbabwe. 2. To establish the source of information and knowledge associated to cooperative business and possible cooperative impact on honey producers’ income in Manicaland province of Zimbabwe. 3. To determine the beekeepers’ willingness for membership in the cooperative business and the prospects of successfully organizing a beekeepers’ marketing cooperative in Manicaland province of Zimbabwe. 4. To identify the beekeepers respondents’ assumptions pertaining to the successful development or failure of a Zimbabwean beekeepers marketing as a cooperative business. Questionnaires were used to collect data from the bee keepers and beekeepers supporters. Microsoft Excel software was used to calculate all statistics collected from the studied districts. Focus group discussion was carried out in each district and photos were taken after permission granted by the farmers. Small scale beekeepers in Zimbabwe is more than 79% and are willing to increase the number of their beehives to increase the production of honey in the country. The results indicate that the level of honey production in Zimbabwe can increase in the near future.
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