SBN Support Programme contributes for increased fertiliser application in producing sesame in Mirab Armachiho woreda, North Gondar zone.
In Mirab Armachiho, in the 2014 cropping season, 90,000 hectares of land was used to cultivate sesame, 34,300 hectares was dedicated to sorghum and 1,175 to other types of crops. Before this production season, the Woreda Office of Agriculture has been demonstrating the improved sesame technology package, especially fertiliser application and row planting, but the adoption rate was not as such impressive.
Mr. Addisalem Bitew, Abrhajira woreda agriculture office expert and Support Programme focal person said; “Since the sesame technology demonstration in 2014 started, the adoption of fertiliser significantly increased”. He appreciated the collaborative effort of the SBN Support Programme and Gondar Agricultural Research Centre (GARC), which enabled a twofold adoption rate of fertiliser application within a short period of time. Before two years the total use of fertiliser by farmers in the woreda was 11,146 quintals only, but after a lot of demonstration and awareness creation work, fertiliser application has increased to 25,731 quintals. The trend is illustrated in the table below.