Identification of Farmer’s Preferred Durum Wheat (Triticum durum L) Varieties in Southeastern Ethiopia
Kemal, Seid Ahmed
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Participatory varietal selection (PVS) of durum varieties was conducted at Selka and Ilu Sanbitu kebeles in southeaster Ethiopia. Four released durum wheat varieties were evaluated on two farmers' fields per kebele (lowest administrative unit). Using farmers; selection criteria, cv Utuba was ranked first by male and female farmers at Ilu Sanbitu; while at Selka cvrs. Magnudo and Utuba were ranked first by female and male farmers, respectively. Mean seed yield of Utuba was the highest (3.6 t ha-1) among the cultivars, and at Selka itsyield was 5.6 t ha-1. Both female and male farmers participated in PVS and selected Utuba followed by Magnudo.