University support boosting productivity in Oromia

BALE ROBE – Technical and material support provided by Madda Walabu University (MWU) has enabled local farmers experience an increased agricultural productivity.

Habte Wolde, a model farmer in Sinana Woreda, Bale Zone of Oromia state, told the Ethiopian Press Agency (EPA) that the farmers in the region have witnessed remarkable improvements in both wheat yields and their overall livelihoods as a result of the university’s agricultural equipment and expertise support.

“We have been able to enhance our production and productivity through the university’s involvement in cluster farming,” he said.

He stated that the university’s support extends throughout the entire agricultural process, from seed preparation to harvesting.

The increase in productivity can be attributed to several factors, including the provision of high-quality seeds and fertilizers as well as the university’s commitment to equipping farmers with the best available resources, he mentioned.

As a result, local farmers have achieved an impressive yield of 40 to 55 quintals per hectare of land during the production season, he noted.

He remarked that in addition to providing resources, MWU has conducted comprehensive training programs aimed at enhancing farmers’ skills. These programs cover various aspects such as effective fertilizer and crop utilization, financial management, and seed control.

In addition, farmers have eagerly embraced these learning opportunities, recognizing their importance in empowering them to overcome challenges and maximize their potential, he said.

He mentioned that during the 2015/16 production season, farmers faced difficulties with weeds and others.

However, through collaborative efforts with MWU’s Chemtex Chemical Supply PLC department and other partners, an effective solution was found. The application of a chemical called Palas Super proved successful in combating weeds, ensuring healthier crop yields for the farmers, he added.

Alo Abdi, a farmer in the Goro Woreda, said in his part, “Previously, we were only able to achieve a yield of 30 quintals per hectare from our local produce. But now, with the assistance and oversight of the university, we have reached an impressive 43 quintals per hectare.”

He emphasized that MWU’s unwavering commitment to supporting farmers and revolutionizing agricultural practices has not only boosted production and productivity but has also improved the lives of numerous families in the region. These promising results have renewed hope for a thriving agricultural sector and a prosperous future for the cluster farming community.

In addition to showcasing MWU’s active involvement in a number of areas, including agriculture, tourism, biodiversity, and societal health, President Ahmed Kalil pledged that the university would keep providing capacity-building training, technical support, and oversight to help farmers, address their inquiries and meet their needs for agricultural inputs and equipment.




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