SBN support programme together with 2SCALE project are running a crop-rotation experimental trail in 19 different places at northwest Ethiopia.
The objective of this experiment is to find out the best precursor crop for sesame.
The experiment is conducted by focusing on sesame as a major crop and four other crops namely, sorghum, cotton, soybean and mungbean as rotation crops.
The crop rotation trail has been done by taking the agro-ecology of the area into consideration.
In explaining the importance of the experiment, Dr. Bulcha Weyessa, a consultant for the experiment, uses the adage “do not put all your eggs in one basket”. Just like the egg the farming system is delicate. Most sesame farmers are following a traditional farming practice which did not take the agro-ecology of the area into account. They often stick to cash-crops. The practice of mono-cropping will not benefit farmers to the long run. Planting sesame year after year creates a problem. Mono-cropping affects soil fertility and it is one main cause for pest infestation.
Dr. Bulcha said preliminary data collection has been done and the results show that the progress in 17 experiment sites is very good.
Upon completion, it is expected that the experiment will provide important findings pertaining to the use of crop diversity for sustainable farming in the northwest Ethiopia.
The crop rotation experimental trial will be completed in two years.