Horticultural Crop Production and Level of Consumption in Dire Dawa Administration, Eastern Ethiopia

Mohammed Kasso Geda, Afework Bekele Simegn


The survey study on horticultural crop production and level of consumption carried out in Dire Dawa Administration from March 2011 to December 2012 in the eleven randomly selected representative counties from all clusters. Stratified and multistage random sampling techniques were used to sample representative counties and respondents (n=296). Both qualitative and quantitative data gathered through questionnaire, focus group discussion, interview and observation. The collected data were tabulated and organized into tables and analyzed with appropriate descriptive statistical analyses. In the survey, the cultivation of diverse horticultural crop like vegetables, root crops, fruits, cash crops and spicy herbs recorded. From these horticultural crops production, vegetables were dominantly cultivated followed by fruits. The level of consumption of horticultural crop recorded as low when compared to the amount sold. Beside these the horticultural crops production in the region faces problems like water shortage, lack of adequate pest control, poor agricultural practices, lack of awareness on high quality production and low level of support from concerned bodies. Hence, all concerned bodies should aim for effective and efficient policies and strategies development to obtain more benefits from existing high potential of horticultural crops production of the region. In particular, giving high attention to solve the existing problems related to constraints of productions and low level of consumption.

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