Agricultural Advances 2021-08-17T07:35:14+02:00 Executive Managing Editor Open Journal Systems <p>The Agricultural Advances (AA) is a peer-reviewed, open access journal, published by Sjournals (Scientific Journals). It publishes original research, applied, and educational articles in all areas of agricultural science. Authors are encouraged to submit complete unpublished and original works, which are not under review in any other journals. The scopes of the journal include, but not limited to, the following topic areas: Agricultural &amp; Biological Engineering, Agricultural &amp; Extension Education, Agricultural Economics &amp; Rural Sociology, Crop &amp; Soil Sciences, Dairy &amp; Animal Science , Entomology , Food Science, Horticulture, Plant Pathology, Poultry Science, School of Forest Resources, Veterinary &amp; Biomedical Sciences.</p> Review of status and potential of spate irrigation in Ethiopia 2021-08-17T07:35:14+02:00 Chala Chimdessa Goshel <p>This article discusses spate irrigation in Ethiopia and aims to take stock of the current status of spate irrigation development. It summarizes experiences so far and formulates a number of recommendations on the development of this upcoming resource management system. It argues that raised weirs are useful mainly in areas where a large head for spate flow diversion is required, but that traditional earthen structures with conical stone/gabion reinforcements are cost-effective and technically adequate for floodwater distribution and management. It contends that the practical successes of sediment settling ponds (gravel traps) are at best mixed. The article further explains that water rights in spate are different from the sharing and allocation of perennial flows they are dynamic and respond to a situation that differs from year to year as well as within a year and that a certain degree of inequity among users is inevitable. Keeping the command area compact can ensure two or more irrigation turns and this can highly increase productivity as crops are no longer in the ‘stress zone’. To transform spate irrigation in Ethiopia from subsistence to a business-oriented production system, the article proposes the promotion of cash crops including pulses and oil seeds as well as encouraging investors to go for bio-fuel development and agro-forestry in the lowland areas where huge potential exist.</p> 2021-03-19T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Chala Chimdessa Goshel