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International Journal of Plant Breeding and Crop Science

Participatory Varietal Selection and Evaluation of twelve sorghum (Sorghum bicolor (L) Moench) varieties for Lowlands of Eastern Hararghe

Seltene Abady, Getachew Liku and Desalegn Yadeta

School of Plant Sciences, Haramaya University, Ethiopia

Rural Development and Agricultural Extension, Haramaya University, Ethiopia

Accepted 20 September 2017

Citation: Abady S, Liku G and Yadeta D (2017). Participatory Varietal Selection and Evaluation of twelve sorghum (Sorghum bicolor (L) Moench) varieties for Lowlands of Eastern Hararghe. International Journal of Plant Breeding and Crop Science 4(3): 281-285.

Copyright: © 2017 Abady et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are cited.

Abstract

Participatory varietial selection was carried out at District of East Hararghe, Fedis and Babile during the main cropping season in 2015. The objectives were to select the best performing and adaptable sorghum varieties in the target areas, to enhance accessibility of improved varieties to the producers, to find out farmers’ indigenous knowledge used for future sorghum research and to enhance farmers' experience towards varietal selection. The result of the current study clearly showed a significant difference between the released varieties for most agronomic traits at both Districts. Grain yield and biomass were the dominant selection criteria used by the farmers at both Districts. Accordingly, farmers overwhelmingly selected ESH-1 sorghum variety. In addition, farmers gave priority for grain yield at both Districts, but secondly, they gave equal emphasis to biomass and striga at Fedis and earliness and biomass at Babile District. In general, development of high grain yielding, more biomass producing and; Striga resistant sorghum varieties for Fedis and high yielding, early maturing sorghum varieties with high biomass for Babile District can enhance farmers’ preference towards improved lowland sorghum varieties.

Key words: Participatory Varietal selection, Sorghum, Eastern Hararghe