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May 16th, 2017 / AllAfrica.com

In Ethiopia, teff, wheat, maize, sorghum and barley are grown on nearly three quarters of the total arable plots of land. The production and productivity of these crops have shown increment due to the implementation of rigorous researches, provision of various inputs, and application of modern agricultural technologies among other things.

Recently, the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources held iMashilla final project meeting on which various papers were presented for discussion in Addis. Presenting his paper, ‘Screening Technologies for Grain and Injera Quality in the Ethiopian Breeding Programme’, Habte Nida from Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) said that to-date all of the information about the relationship between sorghum properties and Injera quality is based on experiments with limited numbers of samples.

He further said that only a small proportion of the genetic variation of sorghum has been evaluated since end-selection for Injera quality in breeding programmes product evaluation is labour intensive and time consuming. Read more