Currently, 40% of arable land in Ethiopia is affected by acidity and particularly the soil acidity problem that occurs in central and western zones of Oromia deserves immediate intervention for crop production. The objective of the present study was to examine responses of Desi type chickpea varieties against acidic soil of western Ethiopia. Pooled analysis of variance (ANOVA) indicated significant difference among genotypes indicating differential response of chickpea genotypes to acidic soil. The combined mean of genotypes indicates that Natoli and DZ-2012-CK-20113-2-0042 were top yielders. Differential response of chickpea genotypes indicates the possibilities of designing better chickpea breeding strategies that aim at screening large germplasms of chickpea genotypes for soil acidity tolerance and thereby developing a cultivar(s) with wider adaptations.
Key words: Chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.), yield, soil acidity, liming.
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