Livestock Research in Amhara Region
Amhara regional state is rich in its livestock inventory. However, the contribution of the sector to the regional economy is not inline with the potential. The major constraints are those which are associated with livestock productivity and marketing of the available livestock products. To solve these problems the livestock development work has to be supported with improved technologies that can best fit to the physical and socioeconomic environment of the region’s livestock farming system. To this end Amhara Regional Agricultural Research Institute (ARARI) with its livestock research directorate is conducting different research and technology transferring activities in the field of livestock production.
The directorate is actively engaged in research and technology transferring activities on large ruminant (dairy and beef), small ruminant (sheep and goat), poultry, fisheries and aquaculture, and apiculture in ARARI’s six research centers. Currently the directorate is conducting about 165 research activities under 66 research projects. These research projects and activities are aimed at generating livestock technologies that can solve the major livestock production constraints under the existing mixed crop-livestock farming system of the region without any negative interference on the natural resource base.
To fulfill its research goals the directorate collaborates with national and international organizations. On this occasion I would like to express our willingness to collaborate with any national and international institution who would like to support our research activities.
ARARI’s livestock research directorate aspires to lead the regional livestock development activity by generating and providing innovative ideas for the sector.