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Improving productivity and rural livelihoods of smallholder farmers in the Bale highlands of Ethiopia through integration ...
Background of the project• Farmers in Arsi-Bale highlands have  adopted:• improved wheat varieties• fertilizers• herbicide...
Monoculture system resulted• yields decline• increased weeds• increased disease incidence• declining soil fertility• Incre...
Opportunity for diversification & intensification      (Pulses - Cereals double cropping )    First season legume   Second...
Double cropping using Gena (April-July)    and Bona(July-December) in a yearField ready for wheat planting
Crop/livestock integrationAnimal byproduct as source of energy                                            Crop byproducts-...
Objectives of the project were :•Break mono culture system• intensify & diversify crops• improve human nutrition.•Reduce r...
Project plan & implementation•   This project is time sensitive•   Assumed to be approved in March/April•   Organize Incep...
Action taken• Informed Sinana Agric. Research Center• Formed teams to :• identify interested farmers through DA• Identify ...
Inception workshop   30th May 2012
Opening by Zonal Deputy Head of      Agricultural Office
Participants•   Zonal Agri. Office•   Heads of 5 districts administration•   Heads of 5 districts Agri. Offices•   Heads o...
Recommendations• Determine quantity of available seeds• Agree on ideal plot size to be used and also acceptable  to farmer...
Inception workshop participants
Discussion
Training DAs on June 1,2012
528 farmers and 17 DAs trained                    FRG at Sinja PAFRG at Alloshe PA                                        ...
Crop and Varieties identified• Faba bean : Moti (EIAR) & Shallo (Sinana)• Field pea: Tulu Shenen, Tulu Dimtu, Wayitu, Dadi...
Farmers’ Field days organized
Field pea variety Dedimos at Gasara
Faba bean : Moti and Shasho
DA-USAID staff - Farmers
Evaluating varieties performance
This project is linked to the on-going                 projectRapid Deployment of High Yielding and  Rust Resistant Wheat ...
Farmers Field days in all districts will     be organized in October.
Thank you
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Improving productivity and rural livelihoods of smallholder farmers in the Bale highlands of Ethiopia through integration of pulses in the crop-livestock production systems

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Presented by Geletu Bejiga at the Africa RISING Planning Meeting, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 17-18 September 2012


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Improving productivity and rural livelihoods of smallholder farmers in the Bale highlands of Ethiopia through integration of pulses in the crop-livestock production systems

  1. 1. Improving productivity and rural livelihoods of smallholder farmers in the Bale highlands of Ethiopia through integration of pulses in the crop-livestock production systems by Geletu Bejiga Africa Rising Meeting Sept.17-18 ILRI, Addis Ababa
  2. 2. Background of the project• Farmers in Arsi-Bale highlands have adopted:• improved wheat varieties• fertilizers• herbicides• Planting & harvesting machineries• moved to a wheat monoculture system
  3. 3. Monoculture system resulted• yields decline• increased weeds• increased disease incidence• declining soil fertility• Increased fertilizers use• increasing fertilizer costs unsustainable practice (no crop rotation)
  4. 4. Opportunity for diversification & intensification (Pulses - Cereals double cropping ) First season legume Second season -cereals
  5. 5. Double cropping using Gena (April-July) and Bona(July-December) in a yearField ready for wheat planting
  6. 6. Crop/livestock integrationAnimal byproduct as source of energy Crop byproducts-- feed
  7. 7. Objectives of the project were :•Break mono culture system• intensify & diversify crops• improve human nutrition.•Reduce risk of crop lose due to diseases 7
  8. 8. Project plan & implementation• This project is time sensitive• Assumed to be approved in March/April• Organize Inception workshop• Organize 500 farmers in clusters, train and provide seeds• It was approved very late in May,2012• No time for Inception workshop, clustering and training farmers
  9. 9. Action taken• Informed Sinana Agric. Research Center• Formed teams to :• identify interested farmers through DA• Identify the crops each farmer interested in (Faba bean, field pea, chickpea and lentil)• Provide seeds through DA with agronomic recommendation• Able to provide seeds to 370 farmers
  10. 10. Inception workshop 30th May 2012
  11. 11. Opening by Zonal Deputy Head of Agricultural Office
  12. 12. Participants• Zonal Agri. Office• Heads of 5 districts administration• Heads of 5 districts Agri. Offices• Heads of inputs of 5 districts• Two DAs per districts• Senior Researchers from EIAR• Farm Africa• ICARDA Project Coordinator• Representative of Zonal Administration
  13. 13. Recommendations• Determine quantity of available seeds• Agree on ideal plot size to be used and also acceptable to farmers.• criteria for selection of farmers• Identification of suitable districts and locations for different crops.• Technical problems to be encountered and suggested solution• Target to reach as many farmers as possible based on available seeds• Ensured support from Administration.
  14. 14. Inception workshop participants
  15. 15. Discussion
  16. 16. Training DAs on June 1,2012
  17. 17. 528 farmers and 17 DAs trained FRG at Sinja PAFRG at Alloshe PA FRG at Selka PA FRG at Gamora PA FRG at Gamora PA
  18. 18. Crop and Varieties identified• Faba bean : Moti (EIAR) & Shallo (Sinana)• Field pea: Tulu Shenen, Tulu Dimtu, Wayitu, Dadimos, Hursa, Bamo• Lentil : Alemaya, Asano• Kabuli Chickpea : Arerti, Habru• Total Farmers expected to participate: 2510 (July- December)
  19. 19. Farmers’ Field days organized
  20. 20. Field pea variety Dedimos at Gasara
  21. 21. Faba bean : Moti and Shasho
  22. 22. DA-USAID staff - Farmers
  23. 23. Evaluating varieties performance
  24. 24. This project is linked to the on-going projectRapid Deployment of High Yielding and Rust Resistant Wheat Varieties For Achieving Food Security in Ethiopia
  25. 25. Farmers Field days in all districts will be organized in October.
  26. 26. Thank you

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