A strategy should be designed to improve feed availability and quality, and feeding systems. Technologies for improved use of crop residues and other locally available protein and energy sources should be explored and utilized effectively.
As the result of the project intervention the following outputs are expected:
1.Improved breed and household asset. As the result of AI efficiency some 1750 cross breed dairy heifers and 1750 male cross animals (as dairy beef) will be produced by farmers by year one. This will be an additional asset of Birr (using current value of animals) 13,125,000 by 3500 farmers or hhs. at Halaba-Wolaita Soddo- Butajira milk shed in the region.
Institutions Role and responsibility Areka Agricultural Research center/SARI Carry out leadership role and coordinate all research activities and technical backstopping, facilitate coordination including meetings, platforms and report writing. Regional Bureau of Agriculture Leadership role, coordination, joint monitoring and evaluation, technical support Zonal departments of Agriculture Commitment and mobilization of staff and leadership to woredas jointly monitor field level activities. Cooperatives and Agriculture marketing Bureau Organizing cooperatives and give technical advice, linking farmers, cooperatives and the private sector
Institutions Role and responsibility Woreda Administration Political support and coordination and mobilization woreda staff, farmers and cooperatives ILRI/IPMS Contribution to research activities, Assist BoA in hormone purchasing Credit institutions Supply and manage credit Youth and women’s affairs offices Mobilize women farmers Universities Hawassa, Wolaita Soddo, Wachemo,Wolkitie Participant farmers provide land and cow/heifer; work with VOCA-Ethiopia Training on forage development