Pre-scaling up of improved faba bean with bio-fertilizer in geta, and mierab azernet woreda
Faba bean is the major pulse crop grown in Ethiopia and has an important place in the national diet in the country and is consumed in various forms for its high protein content. It has an important role in improving soil fertility by fixing nitrogen from the atmosphere in association with bacteria, and it is used in crop rotation with cereal crops. Even though, faba bean has paramount importance, it has principle production constraints like poor fertility, especially nitrogen deficiency. The application of biological fertilizers, indeed, has an incremental effect on the yield performance and productivity of crops. Hence, the aim of this activity was to demonstrate and popularize faba bean with biological fertilizer on productivity. The activity was conducted at, Geta woreda in (Fereze) kebele and Mierab Azernet woreda (Garmo) Kebele. The woredas were selected purposively based on the potential of faba bean production and they are AGP-II woredas from our mandate areas. The beneficiaries of the activity were mala 104 female 45. The seed rate 130 kg/ha, NPS 100 kg/ha and FB1036 Bio-fertilizer 4 packets per hectare were used. The number of participants during field day farmers male 122 female 51 total 173; researchers male 19 female 2 total 21; woreda experts and DAs male 3 female 1 total 4. The average yield of the Merab azernet woreda was 4.53 and average yield of Geta woreda was 43 qtl/ha. This shows that, the application of biological fertilizers has positive effect on the yield performance and productivity of the faba bean. Therefore the geta and Merab azernet woreda should transfer the technology in large scale demonstration widely.