BENEFIT-REALISE Project Oda Bultum University Cluster
As a new programme, the project team has identified and documented long list of PSNP beneficiaries production constraints and opportunities in each project Woredas (two kebele) through PRA, baseline study (150 farmers), scoping studies (14 stakeholders mapped) and zonal validations. A total of 655 participants (309 men, 346 women) involved in PRA group discussions that consists of men, women, youth and low asset farmers separately. Based on this, the annual plan prepared and presented on regional workshop for its approval. Accordingly, seven innovation thematic area and thirteen research activities approved for its implementation.
In 2018, 60 farmers (54 men and 6 women) participate on vegetable crops such as head cabbage, onion, tomato, and carrot and beetroot demonstration on irrigation potentials areas of Habro and Doba woredas on PSNP beneficiary farmers’ field. In 2019, 190 farmers (72 men and 118 women) addressed through demonstration trials of highland sorghum, papaya, food type common bean, desho grass, and vegetables and fruits in home garden using an approach of 80% PSNP and 20% Non-PSNP farmers. In addition, 1125 (900 men and 225 women) farmers addressed through pre-scaling technologies of maize, early maturing sorghum, haricot bean and chickpea crops. Mainly, the project has been implementing collaboratively with woredas and zonal Agriculture and Natural Resource Office, PSNP directorate, research centers, NGOs and university to fully address target farmers.
In-situ training was organized for farmers at localities to improve knowledge and skills on improved agricultural technologies utilization and productions. 1002 farmers (466 men, 352 women and 167 youth) participated on sorghum, maize, haricot bean, teff, chickpea, and papaya, fruits and vegetables crops under home garden to apply the agronomic practices recommended for technologies on their fields.
Figure 1. In-situ training organized on maize, sorghum, haricot bean, chickpea, teff vegetables and fruits crop and technologies in Oda Hultum, Habro, Doba and Chiro woredas.
In 2019, project seed distributed 14.5Qt of maize for 464 farmers, 59Qt of chickpea seed for 374 farmers, 2Qt of sorghum for 200 farmers, 1Qt of teff for 15 farmers and 18.75Qt of haricot bean for 125 farmers in pre-scaling activity. In addition, 4,000 tillers of desho grasses for 40 farmers, 70 banana suckers for 70 farmers, 210 avocado seedlings for 70 farmers, 3300 papaya seedlings for 336 farmers, 24,850 onion seedlings for 70 farmers, 50,740 tomato seedlings for 90 farmers, 10,100 head cabbage seedlings for 80 farmers, and 4200 Swiss chard seedlings distributed for 70 farmers for home garden in demonstration trials. 0.5kg of carrot, 0.75kg of beetroot and 50g of chili pepper seed distributed for 70 women farmers for home garden.
Figure 2. Crop seed and seedlings distributed for PSNP farmers in project implementation woredas.
Status of crop
Figure 3. Status of different BENEFIT-REALISE activities on farmers’ field.
Field day organized
Zonal field day organized on maize technologies (BH-540 variety) at Kara Kebele of Oda Bultum woreda on September 21, 2019. The event started with the opening speech by Dr.Muktar Mohammed (Oda Bultum University President), an overview of the BENEFIT-REALISE programme by Dr.Mulugeta Diro (National Deputy Manager of BENEFIT-REALISE Programme) and welcoming speech by Mr.Mustefa Abdulkadir (Cluster Coordinator). A total of 280 participants from Zonal and Woreda Agricultural Office, NGOs, Research Centers, Oda Bultum University, Union, Cooperatives and kebele communities participated in the program. Both improved and PSNP beneficiaries farmers’ practices (triple cropping systems) visited by participants.
Figure 4. Zonal field day conducted on maize technology at Kara Kebele of Oda Bultum Woreda.