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Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences

Vol. 9(4), pp. 376-381, 2019

ISSN: 2276-7770

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Empirical observations of crop and integrated soil fertility management interventions in the central and south western Ethiopia


Getamesay Shiwenzu; Ruth Damtachew; Ayalenesh Melesse; Ayalew Adella


Holetta Agricultural Research Center, Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research, Ethiopia





Article No.: 081319155

Type: Research

DOI: 10.15580/GJAS.2019.4.081319155



The introduction of different improved and high yielding crop varieties has increased the possibility of getting improved seed and diversified the cropping systems in the model watersheds. Moreover, the formulation of byelaw has assisted farmers by helping them to transfer seed from farmer to farmer and became accountable for their actions. In regard to this demonstration trial has been made by using random complete clock design. Major crops in the watershed, i.e. Teff and wheat were used with 4 different treatments, negative control, compost, NP and NP & compost. The experiment was analyzed using SAS software. The result shows that there is a significant difference in terms of yield between treatments. The application of inorganic fertilizer alone was significantly superior in yield and plant height. In spite of this the yield gained from both application of compost and inorganic fertilizers should be an option. The research demonstrated that use of organic fertilizer was important aspect of agriculture and efficient ways and agricultural machineries should be developed in order to boost organic farming system in the country. In general female participations and investment on informal education of the farmers is important.  Furthermore, strengthening crop production with that of land and erosion management through watershed approaches should be facilitated.


Submitted: 13/08/2019

Accepted:  17/09/2019

Published: 01/11/2019


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Getamesay Shiwenzu

E-mail: ngetish@ gmail. com



Crop; Soil Fertility; Organic fertilizer; Inorganic fertilizer; Teff, Wheat; Yield




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Cite this Article: Shiwenzu G; Damtachew R; Melesse A; Adella A (2019). Empirical observations of crop and integrated soil fertility management interventions in the central and south western Ethiopia. Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences 9(4): 376-381,  



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