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Agricultural Science Digest, volume 41 special issue (april 2021) : 175-180

Improving Production and Productivity of Chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) Through Scaling-up of Improved Technologies in the Vertisol Highland Areas of Amhara Region, Ethiopia

Yehuala Kassa, Dejene Mamo, Amsalu Abie, Abiro Tigabe, Teklemariam Ayele, Nigussie Kefelegn, Beneberu Teferra
1Debre Birhan Agricultural Research Center, Debre Birhan, Ethiopia.
Cite article:- Kassa Yehuala, Mamo Dejene, Abie Amsalu, Tigabe Abiro, Ayele Teklemariam, Kefelegn Nigussie, Teferra Beneberu (2020). Improving Production and Productivity of Chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) Through Scaling-up of Improved Technologies in the Vertisol Highland Areas of Amhara Region, Ethiopia. Agricultural Science Digest. 41(2021): 175-180. doi: 10.18805/ag.D-267.
Background: Chickpea seed supply is limited for a local level farmer to the farmer seed exchange systems. The scale-up was conducted in the vertisol potential areas of North Shewa Zone of Amhara Region to create wider demand for improved chickpea varieties, strengthen the linkage among the possible actors and enhancing technology multiplication and dissemination to improve its productivity. 
Methods: Naatolii, Mastewal, Arerti and Habru improved chickpea varieties were introduced and more than 393ha of land was covered and about 826 farmers were accessed through delivering more than 49.3 tons of improved seed. 
Result: The productivity of chickpea in the area was boosted to 2.61tons ha-1 and yield advantage of 73% to 97.7% was obtained from improved varieties compared to the local cultivar. As a result of this intervention, many farmers benefited easy access to improved seeds of different chickpea varieties through direct seed marketing and farmer to farmer seed exchange.
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