Irrigation Field Day Held
Adet Agricultural Research Center conducted a field on 21st March 2017 in Mecha Woreda Koga Irrigation Trial Site at Kudmi Kebele . The purpose of the field day was to acquaint farmers and other stakeholders with irrigation research activities that have been carried out on different crops such as malt barley, wheat, potato, field pea, maize, watermelon, tef and others. Over 70 participants represented from Koga Irrigation Development Project, Bahir Dar Seed Quality Control Office, Amhara Seed Enterprise, Amhara Agricultural Research Institute (ARARI), Adet Agricultural Research Center, Mecha Woreda Agricultural Development Office have attended the field day. The majority of participants were farmers from Kudmi and other nearby kebeles.
Malt barley seed multiplication research activity was one of the research activities that most attracted the attention of the viewers. Seed multiplication activity that has been carried-out on three high yielding malt barley varieties (Ibon-174, Sabine and EH-1847) during the dry season could be taken as one option to overcome the problem (decline in quality as a result of rain during its final stage of growth ) arising from similar activity during the rainy season.
The center director in his well coming address pointed out that Ethiopia is importing malt barley from abroad every year spending millions of dollars despite the fact that the country has the potential to produce it. He also affirmed that farmers have started to produce malt barley since the past 3 or 4 years but the production is meager both in quality and quantity. Furthermore, the center director accentuated that Adet Research Center will play its important role in providing startup technology so that farmers could work aggressively to be the sole suppliers of the raw material for malt factories (Gonder and Debre Birhan) already established in the region.
Finally, in the wrap-up discussion, participants have made vibrant and interactive discussion on issues like the gravity of market linkage; the need to seek for market place in Bahir Dar, the importance of avoiding middlemen and building own bargaining power; efficient and effective utilization of water as scarce resource; diversification of irrigation crops rather than sticking only on horticultural crops; the importance of undertaking pre-scaling up activity on field pea; the need to conduct research on crop protection; the urgency of generating new technologies and the diffusion of recommendations on hot pepper.