Normal view MARC view ISBD view

The impact of post-harvest technology on productivity gains of maize hybrids in small scale farming systems of Ethiopia

By: Seboka, B | Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maiz y Trigo (CIMMYT), Mexico DF (Mexico).
Contributor(s): Deressa, A [coaut.] | Ransom, J.K.|Palmer, A.F.E.|Zambezi, B.T.|Mduruma, Z.O.|Waddington, S.R.|Pixley, K.V.|Jewell, D.C [eds.] | Tolessa, B [coaut.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookAnalytics: Show analyticsPublisher: Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) CIMMYT : 1997ISBN: 92-9146-025-7.Subject(s): Ethiopia | Postharvest technology | Small farms | Technology transfer | CIMMYT | Zea mays AGROVOC | Hybrids AGROVOC | Plant breeding AGROVOC | Farming systems AGROVOCDDC classification: 633.15 Summary: It is only recently that improvement has been seen in reaching farmers with improved maize technology in Ethiopia. The improvement has happened due to the aggressive technology transfer project implemented by SG 2000 and its prototype adopted by the Ethiopian Government. From commercial size demonstration plots (0.5 ha) owned by small scale farmers, maize hybrids gave productivity gains of 275% (6000 kg/ha) above national average (1600 kg/ha). But increased productivity gains at farm level can only be part of a miracle in the making. This is because farmers were not able to harvest better profit margins from these gains in the absence of improved post-harvest handling (proper handling at harvesting, shelling and storage). About 20% storage losses and 25% price reduction for damaged grains in local stores were recorded thus resulting in large income losses with Value Cost Ratio not greater than one. This paper presents the impact of post-harvest technology on productivity gains of maize hybrids and suggests relevant research, extension and policy interventions.Collection: CIMMYT Publications Collection
Tags from this library: No tags from this library for this title. Log in to add tags.
    average rating: 0.0 (0 votes)
Item type Current location Collection Call number Copy number Status Date due Barcode Item holds
Conference proceedings CIMMYT Knowledge Center: John Woolston Library

Lic. Jose Juan Caballero Flores

 

CIMMYT Publications Collection 633.15 EAS No. 5 (Browse shelf) 1 Available H624172
Total holds: 0

It is only recently that improvement has been seen in reaching farmers with improved maize technology in Ethiopia. The improvement has happened due to the aggressive technology transfer project implemented by SG 2000 and its prototype adopted by the Ethiopian Government. From commercial size demonstration plots (0.5 ha) owned by small scale farmers, maize hybrids gave productivity gains of 275% (6000 kg/ha) above national average (1600 kg/ha). But increased productivity gains at farm level can only be part of a miracle in the making. This is because farmers were not able to harvest better profit margins from these gains in the absence of improved post-harvest handling (proper handling at harvesting, shelling and storage). About 20% storage losses and 25% price reduction for damaged grains in local stores were recorded thus resulting in large income losses with Value Cost Ratio not greater than one. This paper presents the impact of post-harvest technology on productivity gains of maize hybrids and suggests relevant research, extension and policy interventions.

English

9712|AGRIS 9702

Jose Juan Caballero

CIMMYT Publications Collection

There are no comments for this item.

Log in to your account to post a comment.
baner

International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) © Copyright 2015. Carretera México-Veracruz. Km. 45, El Batán, Texcoco, México, C.P. 56237.
If you have any question, please contact us at CIMMYT-Knowledge-Center@cgiar.org

Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maíz y Trigo (CIMMYT) © Copyright 2015. Carretera México-Veracruz. Km. 45, El Batán, Texcoco, México, C.P. 56237.
Si tiene cualquier pregunta, contáctenos a CIMMYT-Knowledge-Center@cgiar.org