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Agricultural Science Digest, volume 38 issue 4 (december 2018) : 280-284

Improved forage production practice and challenges in Libokemkem District, Ethiopia 

Workye Melese, Aschalew Assefa, Kirkim Dehninet
1University of Gondar, College of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences, Department of Animal Production and Extension, P.O. Box 196Gondar, Ethiopia.
Cite article:- Melese Workye, Assefa Aschalew, Dehninet Kirkim (2019). Improved forage production practice and challenges in Libokemkem District, Ethiopia. Agricultural Science Digest. 38(4): 280-284. doi: 10.18805/ag.D-133.
Cross sectional study was conducted with the objective of assessing improved forage production practice and challenges faced by farmers. Both random and purposive sampling techniques were used to select respondents in the district. The collected data were analyzed using statistical package for social science version 16. The major feed resource in the dry season was crop residue (Index value = 0.312) and natural pasture in wet season (Idex value=0.392). Majority of the  households (55.6%) were not cultivating improved forage and the most frequently cultivated improved forages were elephant grass (Index value 0.211), rhodes  grass (Index value 0.163), and dasho grass (index value 0.155). Shortage of land, lack of input, lack of awareness, and poor extension service were the challenges faced by farmers in their descending order of importance. From this result it can be concluded that improved forage production practice is poor and strong extension service delivery is recommended. 
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