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Article http://dx.doi.org/10.26855/ijfsa.2020.12.014

Cluster Based Pre-Scaling Up of Improved Chickpea Variety at Adola Rede District of Guji Zone, Oromia Regional State Government, Ethiopia

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Korji Dembi*, Amare Girma, Kebede Basha

Oromia Agricultural Research Institute (IQQO), Bore Agricultural Research Center, P.O.BOX 21, Bore, Ethiopia.

*Corresponding author: Korji Dembi

Published: December 18,2020

Abstract

Farmers of the study areas have no experience to cultivate chickpea, probably due to lack of improved chickpea varieties prior to on farm demonstration that was conducted to create demand. But the demand for dissemination was not carried out due to lack of multiplied seed and budget shortage to incur from other sources. Therefore, funded by AGP-II, cluster based pre scaling up of improved chickpea variety (Habru) was carried out at Adola Rede district, Guji Zone in 2019. The main objective of the study was to promote improved chickpea variety and thereby increases production and productivity and income of the farmers in the study area and similar agro ecologies. Two peasant associations were selected based on their potential to produce chickpea. FREG approach was followed to implement pre scaling up process. Consequently, 12 farmers of gender inclusive were clustered as FREG at each trial sites owing three hectares of land, each farmer contributing 0.25 hectare. Trainings were given for farmers. In total, 24 farmers (16 male & 8 female were benefited scaling up). Development agents, subject matter specialists and different stakeholders were participated on field day & field visit. Recommended seed and fertilizer rates, row between space and plant were used with all management practices. Joint monitoring and evaluation were organized. Field day was organized on which different stakeholders participated and experience was shared. Quantitative data such as yield was collected and analyzed using SPSS whereas farmers’ feedbacks were analyzed qualitatively. In spite of the pest infestation at the flowering and pod setting stages and prevalence of little rainfall, a mean yield of 1.19 tons ha-1 was obtained which is promising and very important in improving livelihood of farmers. Therefore, this technology should be sustained for more popularization. Agrochemicals in advance to avoid pest infestation, planting at early September to escape from drought occurrences should be given due emphasis.

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How to cite this paper

Cluster Based Pre-Scaling Up of Improved Chickpea Variety at Adola Rede District of Guji Zone, Oromia Regional State Government, Ethiopia

How to cite this paper: Korji Dembi, Amare Girma, Kebede Basha. (2020) Cluster Based Pre-Scaling Up of Improved Chickpea Variety at Adola Rede District of Guji Zone, Oromia Regional State Government, Ethiopia. International Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 4(4), 458-464.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.26855/ijfsa.2020.12.014