BENEFIT-REALISE Programme Bahir Dar University Cluster Organized farmers field day at Wogera Woreda, Senbetgie Kebele

BENEFIT-REALISE Programme Bahir Dar University Cluster Organized farmers field day at Wogera Woreda, Senbetgie Kebele

October 27, 2019

By Ermiase Bederie

BENEFIT-REALISE Programme Bahir Dar University cluster had a farmer’s field day at Wogera Woreda Senebetgie Kebele. The field day was a collaborative activity with Wogera Woreda agriculture office. Different stakeholders from different organizations and farmers from REALISE targeted Woredas and Kebeles have been involved.

The objective of the field visit was to observe field performance of improved farm demonstrations and to get experiences from benefited farmers and invited participants. In the meantime, after the farm visit of bread wheat demonstration, the program staged to discuss REALISE involvements in Dabat and Wogera Woredas. The program has wheat crowdsourcing, participatory wheat variety selection and improved potato demonstration trials at Dabat Woreda; and improved wheat demonstration and malt barley pre-scaling activities at Wogera Woreda.

Direct participant farmers from each Woreda and in every activity shared what they experienced from the program and what makes their agriculture low yielding. They forward their insight on what should be corrected and what should be promoted. In addition, invited guests and farmers also shared their feelings about the introduced technologies in particular and agriculture in general.

Here below are some of the issues and insights raised by the participants:

  • An improved potato user said the yield of the introduced variety is much better than the local tuber. She also clearly explained the variety name and showed her interest in the visited wheat variety also.
  • Mr. Mohammed Legesse who took six wheat varieties for participatory variety selection stated that it gives him an opportunity to identify appropriate variety for a specific time period. He said, ‘now I can say which is early maturing and which is not’.
  • A farmer who involved in wheat demonstration also mentioned how much he liked the variety. He said in this poorly fertile soil I didn’t imagine to get this vigorous stand. He then promised to use improved verities for the future and apply careful management.
  • Mr. Asfaw Azanaw, Gondar Research Centre Director, stressed that site-specific variety selection is very vital. Even within the same Kebele, we should wisely choose appropriate verities. ‘Appropriate variety by itself is not a cure for our poor stand, carful management also’ as he said.
  • Mr. Abebe Asfaw, Wogera Woreda administrator acknowledges the efforts made by REALISE team. He said, ‘to improve the agricultural productivity every farmer must apply all the packages’.
  • Mr. Getachew Tilahun, REALISE seed expert, explained the approaches of Participatory Variety Selection trials and told participants about the performance of each variety.
  • In general;
    • Poor soil fertility and severe soil erosion
    • Poor access for improved and site-specific crop seeds
    • High cost of improved seed
    • Poor farm management, specifically poor weeding
    • Erratic rainfall and draught
    • Pest attack..., were mentioned as the main reasons for low productivity and food insecurity

After the discussions, all participants got into consensus to take the main concerns of the field day, and then the field day concluded with that.