Value Chain Analysis of Tomatoes Production and Marketing in Khartoum State, Sudan
Edeget Merawi1* Girma Eshetu2 Abebe worku3 and Girum Faris2
1Department of Forest and Rangeland Biodiversity, Ethiopian Biodiversity Institute, Bahir Dar Biodiversity Center, Ethiopia
2Ethiopian Biodiversity Institute, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
3Harar Biodiversity Center, Ethiopian Biodiversity Institute, Harar, Ethiopia
*Corresponding Author: Edeget Merawi, Department of Forest and Rangeland
Biodiversity, Ethiopian Biodiversity Institute, Bahir Dar Biodiversity Center, Ethiopia.
January 13, 2023; Published: February 22, 2023
L.camara is one of the world’s worst weeds that threaten the native biodiversity of rangeland and forest ecosystems of Ethiopia. This action was designed to appraise and scale up lessons, findings, and outcomes of participatory communal management strategy and response campaign of L. camara early infested rangeland around Babille district, Oromia region, Eastern Ethiopia. Consequently, twenty hectares of L. camara early infested site was investigated 13 km distance south of Babille City. The site was nominated based on the level of infestation, forage diversity, socioeconomic importance of the communal land, and availability of infrastructure. The cover-abundance and, distribution of L. Camara were estimated visually to guess the amount of human power desired during the intervention. Manual uprooting was the preferred management strategy based on the feasibility of tactics, species disturbance level, and availability of technologies. A reaction campaign were designed and implemented via participating 120 trained farmers to uproot the infested site. Voluntary communal participation, adoption of farmer’s knowledge, attainment of consensus between different stalk holders, sustaining chain of command between stalk holders, and creating commitment among local farmers were some of the lessons and experiences learned from the campaign. Manual uprooting of L. camara is labor-intensive, and costly. Conversely, it is the preferred intervention mechanism applicable via reducing disturbance in the nearby vegetation that contributes to maintaining diversity and connectivity between ecosystems. Sharing and scaling up practical findings, and lessons, customizing local knowledge and the participatory response tactics are essential that contribute to suppress L. camara dominance.
Keywords: Restoration; Manual Uprooting; Response Campaign; Realistic Approach; Rangeland
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