ARARI Crop Directorate
Food crop commodities play a major role in ensuring food security, income generation, employment creation and earning foreign exchange expenditure through international trade. The purpose of the Crops Research Directorate is generating and releasing technologies (improved crop varieties and management practices) to farmers. The programme undertakes the breeding and adoption of higher yielding and stable varieties of crops with desirable agronomic traits along with their full packages of crop management technologies. It is estimated that adoption of these technologies by target farmers would significantly increase food security and thereby contribute to the livelihood improvement of the Amhara Region farmers.
The Crop Research Directorate has its research program under three major case teams of cereal crops research case team, pulse, oil and fiber crops research case team, and horticultural crops research case team. So far the directorate has released a lot of crop varieties and numerous crop management recommendations for different agro-ecologies existing in the Amhara Region. Other than the technology generation, the directorate is also engaged in the multiplication and dissemination of improved seeds and planting materials.
For successful achievement of its goal, the crop research directorate has linkages with government and nongovernmental stakeholders, educational institutes, national and international research organizations, and the private sector.