Environmental Skeptics and Critics, 2017, 6(2): 23-29
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Green growth and improving preparedness to adapt to pollinator decline in Nigeria - Communicating results for policy and action

Thomas Aneni, Charles Aisagbonhi, Victor Adaigbe
Nigerian Institute for Oil Palm Research, Nigeria

Received 22 February 2017;Accepted 30 March 2017;Published 1 June 2017

Insect pollinators contribute to agricultural crop yield and beekeeping provides a major source of livelihoods for farmers in Nigeria. This study developed two survey questionnaires and collected data from beekeepers, researchers and government officials to generate quantitative indicators for the purpose of description as a guide to action. Evaluation and characterization of colony bee loses by beekeepers were assessed and surveys conducted in Osun State, Southern Nigeria, consisting of questions related to: the importance of pollinators, including managed honeybees (Apis mellifera), in agriculture and observations on factors associated with pollinator declines; and management of bee mortality. A majority of beekeepers were ignorant of the cause of the death of their colonies. Information from policy makers indicate that population abundance trends in honey bee and other pollinator populations have largely not been documented in Nigeria. This study emphasizes pollination and insect pollinators as drivers of agricultural crop production with a view to providing guidance for sustainable management of pollinators and achievement of green growth objectives.

Keywords bee mortality; crop yield; insect pollinators; sustainable pollinator management.

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