A team of LIVES project staff, livestock development, health and administration officials from Dedo, Kersa and Seka Chekorsa districts and Jimma zone administrators designed and implemented a hormone assisted oestrous synchronization and mass artificial insemination (OSMAI) project from October – November 2014 in the three districts.
Livestock and Irrigation Value chains for Ethiopian Smallholders (LIVES) project is working across the dairy value chain in Ethiopia – from milk production, input/service provision and milk processing/marketing to dairy waste management. Through its dairy waste management interventions, the project plans to contribute to rural electrification by introducing alternative energy sources. The project has introduced a new biogas package which includes a biogas electric generator, biogas pumps/compressors, biogas storage bag and above-ground plastic digesters.
In Dugda District of Oromia Region’s East Shoa Zone, Teklemariam Simie, a 79 year-old farmer is engaging in what may be considered an emerging version of multifunctional agriculture.
LIVES has introduced new feeding, breeding and milk production technologies to boost smallholder livestock production in Ethiopia.
The LIVES project team in Amhara has started demonstrating and introducing improved fodder plants to smallholder farmers and setting up training programs on feed conservation, genetic improvement and culling strategies of dairy cattle for smallholder farmers and development agents.
Before year 2007/08, the system of wetland grazing management was communal in west shoa zone of Ethiopia, although there was loose control from individuals on their piece of grazing lands. Nowadays, private grazing land and hay preparation are becoming common in West shoa zone. “If a person is herding his animals in June in one place, you will find him/her in the same place in September” explains a community member in West Shoa zone; showing the high degree of private use of grazing lands and the disruption of the previous rotational system between wetland and upland areas.At the moment,the private grazing land (0.25 to 0.5 ha/household on average) is used for hay making and/or grazing. Furthermore, private grazing lands are larger in size than communal ones and the latter are diminishing over time.
To address gaps in the dairy production in the region, the Oromia Livestock Development and Health Agency (OLDHA) in partnership with the LIVES project established the Oromia dairy platform, on 6 November 2014, which will create a dialog and policy forum for relevant stakeholders in the dairy sector.