Field day on rotation crops

More than 70 farmers, staff members of primary cooperatives and unions, experts from woreda office of agriculture and BENEFIT-SBN visited the soya bean and sorghum fields planted as rotation crops for sesame at Addis Alem kebele, Tegede woreda on the 29th of October 2016.

The field day was organised by Tegede woreda office of agriculture in collaboration with Selam union, 2SCALE/IFDC and BENEFIT-SBN.

The objective of the field day was to help farmers share experiences from one another and see the performance of the selected rotation crops- Deber, a local sorghum variety and soya bean.

Farmers appreciated not only the efforts made in scaling out rotation crops for sesame but also the market linkages created for Deber sorghum variety. They however, expressed their concern on the market for other rotation crops. Most farmers do not know how they can consume the soya bean at their home and they are not able to consume all their produce. They said they will cultivate soya bean next year, only if this year’s produce can be sold.

For the scaling out of rotation crops, sorghum production manual was produced and disseminated; cascaded training has been delivered to experts and farmers. More than 400 selected farmers planted rotation crops in the five SBN woredas in North Gondar zone.

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By Sesame Business Network, Gondar-Ethiopia