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Pre-Extension Demonstration and Evaluation of Adapted Tomato Technologies Under Irrigation in Kelem and West Wolega Zones

Tomato is among the major horticultural crops cultivated under irrigated areas of Ethiopia now days. Considering this pre-extension demonstration and evaluation of adapted tomato technologies under irrigation was conducted through selecting few districts of Kelem and West Wolega Zones with the objective of demonstrating and evaluating the best performed tomato technologies. Two varieties of tomato (Melka Shola and Melka Salsa) were used for the demonstration and evaluation on farmers' field under their management condition. Essential data were collected from demonstration plots and were analyzed using simple descriptive statistical tools. The result indicates that Melka Salsa provided average yield of 389.5qt/ha while Melka Shola and local varieties provided 339.25qt/ha and 301.75qt/ha, respectively. The yield advantage of 29.08% and 12.43% were obtained from Melka Salsa and Melka Shola over the local variety, respectively. Participatory variety evaluation and selection techniques were used. During PVES farmers’ preferences feedbacks were collected and analyzed using pair wise and matrix rankings. FRG members and the trial farmers were invited in the demonstration field to evaluate the performance of the verities setting their own criteria. In the ranking, Melka Salsa variety was selected as the best performed variety than both the local and Melka Shola varieties. Accordingly, Melka Salsa variety was preferred and selected firstly by farmers for its high yielder, medium fruit size, fruit shape, plant canopy cover, early maturity, number of fruit per plant, number of fruit per pod and marketing quality. On the other hand, Melka Shola was selected secondly for its disease tolerance, large fruit size and medium yielder. Thus, Melka Salsa and Melka Shola varieties were recommended for scaling up in West and Kelem Wolega zones and similar agro-ecologies. Therefore, the offices of agriculture, cooperatives, unions and NGOs should multiply and provide the selected and recommended tomato varieties for those thirsty farmers in the study areas.

Fruit Per Plant, Melka Salsa, Melka Shola, Tomato Variety

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Kibiru Kena, Dameksa Umer, Alemayehu Latera. (2023). Pre-Extension Demonstration and Evaluation of Adapted Tomato Technologies Under Irrigation in Kelem and West Wolega Zones. American Journal of Plant Biology, 8(3), 65-70. https://doi.org/10.11648/j.ajpb.20230803.13

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Kibiru Kena; Dameksa Umer; Alemayehu Latera. Pre-Extension Demonstration and Evaluation of Adapted Tomato Technologies Under Irrigation in Kelem and West Wolega Zones. Am. J. Plant Biol. 2023, 8(3), 65-70. doi: 10.11648/j.ajpb.20230803.13

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Kibiru Kena, Dameksa Umer, Alemayehu Latera. Pre-Extension Demonstration and Evaluation of Adapted Tomato Technologies Under Irrigation in Kelem and West Wolega Zones. Am J Plant Biol. 2023;8(3):65-70. doi: 10.11648/j.ajpb.20230803.13

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