Addisu Hailu, Alemayehu Abebe, Daba Tuge and Megersa Endebu
Integrated poultry-fish-horticulture farming system is rarely practiced in Ethiopia but potential method of food production to mitigate problems facing vulnerable farmers in the country. The current research activities were aimed to pre-scaling up and test the feasibility of the integrated farming system in East Wollega and Buno Badele Zone of Oromia region at a small-scale farmers level. The farm was implemented at selected site based on basic research information. Productivity of the farm was compared against productivity reported in the basic research and the farmers practice. Potential to produce diversified food and generate income at small scale farmers’ level was evaluated. Productivity of the three components was found to be comparable to or better than the productivity obtained at basic research and farmers practice. Moreover, diversified products were produced on small area at a lower input cost in sustainable base. The local community accepted the practice as a technology. Government and other stakeholders have to support extension of the practice at applicable areas. Since the integrated technology have positive feedback from farmers we recommend to Livestock and Fishery Offices at district and zonal level in collaboration with other stakeholder should work on the wider scaling up of this technology.
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