On farm demonstration of lentil technologies at highlands of Guji Zone, Southern Oromia, Ethiopia


  • Kebede Basha Oromia Agricultural Research Institute (IQQO) Bore Agricultural Research Center, P.O. Box 21, Bore, Ethiopia.
  • Amare Girma Haramaya University, Department of Rural Development, P.O. Box 138, Dire Dawa, Ethiopia.
  • Korji Dembi Oromia Agricultural Research Institute (IQQO) Bore Agricultural Research Center, P.O. Box 21, Bore, Ethiopia.


Demonstration, Lentil, Alemaya, Derash, FRGs


Highland areas of Guji zone is high potential for lentil production. However, farmers are not intensively engaged on lentil due to lack of improved varieties. Therefore, it is important to demonstrate lentil varieties on farmers land. This activity was done at Bore and Ana Sora districts to evaluate yield and profitability of improved lentil varieties, to assess farmers’ preference and to create farmers’ knowledge and skills on lentil production during 2019 year. From each district, three kebeles were selected based on suitability for lentil production. At each kebele 15 farmers were selected and grouped as one Farmers Research Group (FRG). At each FRG there were three experimental farmers. Alemaya and Derash varieties were demonstrated on plot size of 100 m2 area by 20 cm space between rows and drilling seed in the row with recommended seed and fertilizer rates. Training, exchange visit between experimental farmers and field day was used to improve farmer-to-farmer learning on lentil production. Data was collected by observation, measurement and interview and analyzed by descriptive statistics and qualitative narration was used to analyze farmers’ feedback. Profitability of lentil varieties were analyzed by net farm income. The result of demonstration revealed that Alemaya variety gave 10.02 qt/ha and 4.72 qt/ha was obtained from Derash variety. Even though both varieties susceptible to rust and pod borer during production year, Alemaya variety selected as first based on yield, farmers preference and economic returns. With support of agro chemicals that control rust and pod borer Alemaya variety was recommended for pre scaling up in highlands of Guji zone and similar agro ecologies of the area.


Afeta, T., Alemayehu, D., Dabalo, B., 2018. Participatory Varietal Selection (PVS) of lentil (Lens culinaris Medik) for yield and yield components in highlands of Guji, Southern Ethiopia. J. Biol. Agr. Healthc., 8, 13.

Basha, K., Dembi, K., 2017. Pre-scaling up of improved faba bean technologies in the highland districts of Guji Zone, Oromia regional state, Ethiopia. Asian J. Agr. Rural Dev., 7(6), 115-119.

Basha, K., Ewang, P.N., Okoyo, E.N., 2017. Factors affecting productivity of smallholder potato growers in Bore district, Guji Zone, Oromia Regional State, Ethiopia. Dev. Countr. Stud., www.iiste.org, E:ISSN 2225-0565.

Bedasa, T., Zewdie, A., 2019. Evaluation of lentil varieties and seedbed types for the management of lentil Fusarium wilt disease (Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. lentis) in central highlands of Ethiopia. Afr. J. Agr. Res., 14(24), 1012-1019.

Bezabeh, E., Belay, B., 2019. Trends in production and export of lentils in Ethiopia. Int. J. Plant Breed. Crop Sci., 6(2), 563-568.

CSA (Central Statistical Agency), 2019. The federal democratic republic of Ethiopia central statistical agency agricultural sample survey. vol. 1, Report on area and production of major crops, 589th statistical bulletin.

Daniel, A., Firew, M., Asnake, F., 2015. Genetic improvement of lentil [Lens Culinaris Medikus] between 1980 and 2010 in Ethiopia. Malays. J. Med. Biol. Res., 2(3), 284-292.

Erskine, W., Sarker, A., Kumar, S., 2011. Crops that feed the world 3. Investing in lentil improvement toward a food secure world. Food Sec., 3(2), 127.

Kumar, M., Akanksha, S., Dikshit, G., Mishra, M., Aski, N., Deepa, S., Aparna, T., 2017. Screening of lentil (Lens culinaris Medikus sub sp. culinaris) Germplasm against Fusarium Wilt (Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. lentis). Int. J. Curr. Microbiol. Appl. Sci., 6(11), 2533-2541.

Matny, O.N., 2015. Lentil (Lens Culinaris Medikus) current status and future prospect of production in Ethiopia. Adv. Plant. Agr. Res., 2(2), 45-53.

Sorecha, E., Daba, N., 2018. Evaluation of lentil genotypes (Lens culinaris Medikus) for growth and yield performances across climate conditions of central highlands of Ethiopia. Turk. J. Agr. Food Sci. Technol., 6(11), 1575-1581.

Yirga, K., Zinabu, N., 2018. Participatory evaluation of lentil varieties in Wag-lasta, Eastern Amhara. Cogent Food and Agriculture, 4(1), 1561171.



How to Cite

Basha , K., Girma , A., & Dembi , K. (2021). On farm demonstration of lentil technologies at highlands of Guji Zone, Southern Oromia, Ethiopia. Scientific Journal of Crop Science, 10(2), 464-469. Retrieved from https://sjournals.com/index.php/sjcs/article/view/1634



Original Article