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Rapid response to yellow rust outbreak in Ethiopia

Rapid response to yellow rust outbreak in Ethiopia

Full title of the project:

Rapid response to yellow rust outbreak in Ethiopia

Target areas:

Oromia, Amhara and SNNP Regions

USD 775 000
Project code:

To minimize livelihoods and food security risks through reduction of the impacts of yellow rust infestation on the meher wheat harvest on 20 000 ha of land.

Key partners:

Federal Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), Regional Bureaus of Agriculture (BOAs), various national and international research and extension institutions.

Beneficiaries reached:

57 054 households (seed multiplication – 2 603; fungicide spraying – 54 451).

Activities implemented:
  • National awareness creation and contingency planning workshop on wheat rust diseases in Ethiopia.
  • National wheat rust disease survey to determine distribution of rust diseases.
  • Rapid survey conducted to facilitate wheat rust control activities.
  • Regional BOAs trained 749 zone and woreda experts, development agents (DAs) and farmers on disease control, fungicide application, use of PPEs.
  • Distributed 8 240 litres of fungicide and 12 PPE sets to the three regions.
  • Sprayed 16 480 ha of wheat belonging to 54 451 households.
  • Organized field days for more than 3 959 people to raise awareness of rust diseases and the importance of using rust-resistant varieties.
  • Adet Agricultural Research Centre produced 106 quintals of rust-resistant wheat seed varieties, which were distributed for seed multiplication.
  • 976 quintals of basic and certified seeds of rust-resistant/tolerant wheat varieties and 1 300 quintals of fertilizers distributed to 2 603 households for seed multiplication in the 2012 meher season.
  • 234 931 quintals of wheat, worth an estimated USD 7 million, protected in Oromia and SNNP Regions.
  • Fungicides distributed played a key role in preventing wheat harvest losses due to yellow rust infestation.
  • Multiplication of rust-resistant/tolerant seed varieties reduced risk of losses in the future and introduced farmers to new planting methods.