Journal of
Agricultural Extension and Rural Development

  • Abbreviation: J. Agric. Ext. Rural Dev
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2170
  • DOI: 10.5897/JAERD
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 442

Article in Press

Improvement on the livelihood of small holder farmers through scaling up improved Chickpea varieties with its production package in Vertisols areas of North Shewa

Dejene Mamo, Teklemariam Ayele, Abiro Tigabie, Amsalu Abie and Ngussie Kefelegn

  •  Received: 15 February 2019
  •  Accepted: 30 April 2019
Chickpea (Cicer arietinum) is an ancient crop that belongs to the legume family. It is a high-value pulse crop that is adapted to deep black soils in cool semi-arid areas of tropics, sub-tropics as well as temperate area. These activities were conducted in the vertisols areas of North shewa Amhara Region of Ethiopia with the objectives of increasing farmers’ capacity in production and yield of chickpea for both seed and grain purpose. Moretina jiru woreda was selected purposively based on the production potentials of the areas. Two kebeles were selected from this woreda purposively and more than 207 farmers were selected randomly from both kebeles in cluster farming base. Training and field day were organized by inviting concerned stakeholders. The improved chickpea variety with improved agronomics practices like early planting with bed preparation and bio fertilizer yield up to 35 quintals at farmer’s management which is more than three folds compared to the local variety. The improved chickpea variety Habru was accepted and attracts the attention of farmers, administrative bodies and union leaders during field day due to high productivity per hectare, large seed size for exporting purpose. As a result, farmer’s moretina jiru woreda of vertisols should use Habru variety of chickpea with integrated management option in order to increase their chickpea production and generate more income for their livelihood as well as for home consumption to improve family nutrition status.

Keywords: Chickpea, Field day, Habru, Vertisol