African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6848

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Demonstration of Maize-Soybean Intercropping Practices on Smallholder Farmers in Daro Lebu and Habro Districts of West Hararghe Zone, Oromia National Regional State of Ethiopia.

Mideksa Babu, Fekede Gemechu, Asfaw Zewdu

  •  Received: 05 May 2018
  •  Accepted: 06 July 2018
The experiment was carried out in Daro Lebu and Habro districts of West Hararghe Zone with the objectives of evaluating maize-soybean intercropping practices under farmers condition and create awareness on soya bean production and its purpose for smallholder farmers. Two kebeles were selected purposively based on intercropping practises and their production potential to the selected crops. Three farmers and one Farmers Training Center (FTC) participated depending on their interest in the technology, managing the experiment, have appropriate land for the experiment and taking the risk. Improved variety of Maize (Melkassa -2) and Soya bean (Awassa-95) were selected for intercropping and evaluated on farmer’s field. The experiment has three treatments Maize sole, Soyabean sole and Maize-soya bean intercropping. Each treatment was designed on100m2 demonstration plots. 32kg/ha of Diammonium phospahte (DAP) at the time of sowing were applied to maize sole with the recommended seed rate. Both quantitative and qualitative data were collected through observation, group discussion on field day and data recording sheet. Quantitative data collected were analysed by descriptive analysis and inferential-statistics .While qualitative data were analysed using simple ranking and summarization. The land equivalent ratio of the study indicated that intercropping of Maize (Melkassa-2) with Soya bean (Awassa-9) has more yield advantage than sole crop. Therefore intercropping of maize (Melkassa-2) with Soya bean (Awassa-95) was recommended for further popularization and scaling up in study area and similar agro ecology.

Keywords: Maize With Soya Bean, Demonstration, Evaluation, Intercropping, Land Equivalent Ratio, Ethiopia.