Sowing in row becoming customary among farmers

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Addis Ababa, 14 December 2013 (WIC) - “We were not aware of the benefits of sowing seed in row method earlier. But now we have witnessed that commendable results are being registered through the method,” said a farmer in Albko Woreda of South Wollo Zone, Mohammed Se'id.
Mohammed recalled that farmers in the area were not willing to practice the method suggested by development agents earlier. There was no belief on the part of the farmers to be successful in applying the method in particular for crops such as teff.
However, the amount of output secured from a quarter of one hectare land increased to 25 quintals from the previous nine quintals following the introduction of the practice.
Mohammed said that he is applying the method for teff, wheat and maize at present as he has become aware of the benefits and the method helped him to increase productivity in particular to double the amount of wheat harvested earlier.
According to Mohammed, applying the method and making use of technologies and agricultural inputs helped him to improve his livelihood.
Another farmer in the area, Abate Teferi, on his part said that he has applied the method to cover his farmland with teff seeds. Most of the farmers in the area have begun applying the method.
Similarly, a farmer in Wurba locality of Shoa Robit Woreda of North Shoa Zone, Hussein Harebu, also said that 40 quintals output was obtained from one hectare of land earlier. Currently, the amount has increased to 80 quintals from the same area of land through making use of the method.
Shoa Robit Town Administrator Habtewold Tege on his part said that 30 per cent of the total area of farmland available in six rural localities of the woreda is already covered with seeds through sowing in row.
Some 1,045 of the over 3,000 farmers in the woreda are applying the method and efforts will further be exerted to further expand the method among farmers.
Head of the Government Communication Affairs Office of the Woreda, Alebachew Abate, also said farmers in the woreda have been practising the method to cover their plots with maize seeds since the last two years.
The Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research is conducting research on environmental condition to find solution to problems related to teff growing, Alebachew said, adding, farmers managed to harvest 26 quintals per hectare through utilizing different agricultural inputs and applying the method.
Teff is a predominant staple food in Ethiopia. (EH)

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