Scholars said climate resilience efforts needs to be strengthened to avert effects of drought on Agricultural practices

 

Haramaya university scholars said climate resilience efforts needs to be strengthened to avert effects of drought on agricultural practices produces and rain deficit areas.

Scholars made the remark on the workshop on draught resistance crop, natural resource conservation and water utilization activities.

Haramaya University is distributing suitable and climate resilience seeds to rain deficits east and west zone of harareghe and surrounding areas of the state of Harari.

Haramaya University’s vice president of academic affairs, Professor Nigussie Dechasa said the university has enabled the farmers to be beneficiary through multiplying different seeds that can resist drought and that can be easily arrived. We have identified that crops which as beans, maize, wheat, nut bean, potato and sweet potatoes give better yields.

The university that is conducting researches in its nine centers is also working in close collaboration with farmers for better land treatment and water use. Prof. Nigussie added that, there is a plowing system that reduces vaporization after it has rained. In addition using decomposes materials as fertilizer conserves water for a long time absorbs and expel.  We have done a lot of works in these areas and also introducing new technologies to farmers which they are putting into practice.

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Scholars, who present their studies on the workshop on greening the economy through climate smart agriculture, said that climate resilience activities should continue in strengthened manner. Due emphasis should be given to strengthening irrigation works participation and water conservation activities.

Harvesting rainwater and giving research based support and providing short term seeds. Vice president for Administration and Students affairs of HU, Dr Fekadu Beyene   told to journalists, studies which are conducted in higher institutions should be directed towards seeds that gives produce using less water.

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Over twenty studies work presented on the workshop that gave more focus to multiplication and provision of seeds for better yields as well as natural resources conservation activities.

The workshop was organized by Haramaya University in collaboration with ZOA, international nonprofit organization. And, Public Universities’ researchers, Agricultural Research Organizations and other Stakeholders were participated.

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