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Pre-Extension Demonstration of Improved Maize Technology at Midland Districts of Guji Zone, Southern Oromia, Ethiopia

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Korji Dembi*, Amare Girma, Kebede Basha

Oromia Agricultural Research Institute (IQQO), Bore Agricultural Research Center, P.O.BOX 21, Bore, Ethiopia.

*Corresponding author: Korji Dembi

Abstract

Participatory demonstration of improved maize technologies was conducted in two potential midland districts of Guji Zone in 2019. The main objective of the study was to popularize improved maize variety at midlands of Guji Zone. Two districts were selected based on their potential to grow maize and two peasant associations from each district were selected based on their accessibility. Fifteen farmers of gender inclusive were established as Farmers Research Group (FRG) at each peasant association. Three hosting farmers were nominated based on their consent to provide sufficient and suitable land for experiment. Trainings were given for farmers, development agents and subject matter specialists. An improved maize variety (BH-546) with one commercial variety was planted on selected farmers’ land with a plot size of 10 m x 10 m. Recommended seed rate of 25 kg ha-1 with a spacing of 75 cm and 25 cm between rows and plants was used respectively. An inorganic fertilizer rate of 100 kg ha-1 NPS at planting time and 100 kg ha-1 N with split application (50 kg at planting time while 50 kg at knee height stage). Development agents, subject matter specialists and different stakeholders were participated on organized field visit & joint monitoring and evaluation. Field day was organized on which different stakeholders participated and experience was shared. Quantitative data such as yield was collected and analyzed using independent t test whereas farmers’ feedbacks were analyzed qualitatively. Knowledge change of the farmers was analyzed using dependent t test. Despite the shortage of rain fall, 3.023 tons ha-1 and 2.662 tons ha-1 for improved BH-546 and commercial maize variety respectively. Therefore, recommended for pre scaling up.

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How to cite this paper

Pre-Extension Demonstration of Improved Maize Technology at Midland Districts of Guji Zone, Southern Oromia, Ethiopia

How to cite this paper: Korji Dembi, Amare Girma, Kebede Bashal. (2021) Pre-Extension Demonstration of Improved Maize Technology at Midland Districts of Guji Zone, Southern Oromia, EthiopiaInternational Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture5(1), 108-114.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.26855/ijfsa.2021.03.015

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