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Original research (Published On: 05-Feb-2023)

Improved Highland Sorghum on-farm demonstration using cluster farming approach at Chiro districts of West Harerghe zone, Eastern Ethiopia

Abdulfeta Tariku, Aseged Walelign, Amsale Yirga and Mastewal Gojjam

J. Agri. Res. Adv., 05 (01):01-04

Abdulfeta Tariku: Chiro National Sorghum Research and Training Center, Chiro, Ethiopia

Aseged Walelign: Chiro National Sorghum Research and Training Center, Chiro, Ethiopia

Amsale Yirga: Chiro National Sorghum Research and Training Center, Chiro, Ethiopia

Mastewal Gojjam: Chiro National Sorghum Research and Training Center, Chiro, Ethiopia

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Article History: Received on: 31-Aug-22, Accepted on: 26-Jan-23, Published on: 05-Feb-23

Corresponding Author: Abdulfeta Tariku

Email: abdulfetah02@gmail.com

Citation: Tariku A, Walelign A, Yirga A and Gojjam M (2023). Improved Highland Sorghum on-farm demonstration using cluster farming approach at Chiro districts of West Harerghe zone, Eastern Ethiopia. J. Agri. Res. Adv., 05 (01):01-04


Abstract

Aim: The main objective of this study was on-farm demonstration of high yielding improved highland sorghum variety through cluster farming approach and to assess farmers’ feedback.

Materials and Methods: It was executed at Chiro district located in West Hararghe Zone in main cropping season of 2020. Regular visits and field days were conducted to provide for interaction among researchers, extension workers and farmers. During life span of the activity data like yield of the crop and farmers perceptions towards the crop and cluster farming approach were collected through supervision and by organizing farmers’ field day.

Results: Accordingly, both clustered and those invited uncluster households jointly showed special interest to high grain yield, large grain size and resistance to different fungal and bacterial diseases, brown seed color and early maturing characters of improved sorghum Jiru variety.

Conclusion: It was concluded that disseminate the preferred improved highland sorghum variety (Jiru) technologies to a large number of neighboring district farmers of studied area through cluster farming approach to enhance diffusion and adoption of the variety to increase sorghum production and secure food self sufficiency.


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