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Soil Fertility Management Practices For Faba Bean (Vicia faba L.) Production in Wolaita Zone, Southern Ethiopia

Version 1 : Received: 26 February 2021 / Approved: 2 March 2021 / Online: 2 March 2021 (11:13:47 CET)

How to cite: Abebe, B.; Dechassa, N.; Tana, T.; Laekemariam, F.; Alemayehu, Y. Soil Fertility Management Practices For Faba Bean (Vicia faba L.) Production in Wolaita Zone, Southern Ethiopia. Preprints 2021, 2021030076 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202103.0076.v1). Abebe, B.; Dechassa, N.; Tana, T.; Laekemariam, F.; Alemayehu, Y. Soil Fertility Management Practices For Faba Bean (Vicia faba L.) Production in Wolaita Zone, Southern Ethiopia. Preprints 2021, 2021030076 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202103.0076.v1).

Abstract

Understanding the soil fertility management practices is indispensable to improve faba bean productivity. However, little effort has been made to assess the soil fertility management practices of faba bean producing farmers of Wolaita Zone, southern Ethiopia. The study was conducted in Damot Gale and Sodo Zuria districts in Wolaita Zone to assess farmers’ soil fertility management practices for faba bean production, in 2019 on 310 framers. Faba bean productivity in the studied districts is majorly constrained by the scarcity of arable land, poor soil fertility, and soil acidity. These cumulative effects have caused negative consequences on soil fertility and faba bean productivity. In most soil fertility, management practices in faba bean farm did not significantly vary among the studied districts. The soil management practices by farmers were inadequate to improve soil fertility and to enhance faba bean productivity. Consequently, the average grain productions of both fertilized and unfertilized faba bean farm were far less than the national average. Therefore, intensive soil fertility management interventions such as faba bean residue management, crop rotation, application of sufficient and balanced fertilizers, adequate lime application, screening acidity tolerant varieties are required to improve faba bean productivity. in the studied districts.

Subject Areas

Faba bean; Farmers soil; Fertilizer; Fertile soil; Infertile soil; Production constraint; Yield

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