Zeru Yimer Kebede
Currently the production of mung bean in Ethiopia is challenged by multiple threats; among these were biotic, abiotic and socioeconomic factors (such as limitation of demonstration and prescale up of improved technologies). Thus, on October 22, 2021 an organized improved mung bean technology demonstration was implemented with the aim to demonstrate the field performance of mung bean varieties (NVL-1, N-26, Shoarobit and MH-97-6) and to incorporate variety selection trends or means of farmers under pawe agricultural research center premises. A total of 66 participants involved during the event (among were farmers, agricultural experts and researchers). Based on the observations made under the field condition each group of the participant has its own variety selection criteria but some of them share more or less similar criteria. Small scale farmers (both male and female) variety preference criteria were more numbers of pods per plant, more numbers of seeds per pod, high yield, uniformity, pest and disease tolerant, short duration, even high biomass and overall field performance. Agricultural experts and researchers variety selection criteria were also similar with other groups. Generally the two improved mung bean varieties (NVL-1, N-26), among the tested, were selected by the groups. Hence, I recommend and suggest that the selected varieties has to be demonstrated in large area (Large Scale Demonstration) for the future and seed access for farmers must be given seriously so as to improve the production of mung bean in the study area.
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