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Prioritizing factors affecting sesame (sesamum indicum l.) productivity using analytical hierarchy process model in western Tigray, northern Ethiopia
  Tesfay Gidey

Sesame production is the primary source of income for many smallholder farmers in Ethiopia. However, its production is challenged by several factors. These challenges have not been prioritized by involving local farmers and experts in Western Tigray, Northern Ethiopia where the crop is dominantly cultivated. This study was done to prioritize the current factors that affecting sesame productivity in this region of Ethiopia in order to give a greater emphasis on those important factors by all stakeholders. To achieve objective of the present study, 50 farmers were interviewed face to face. In addition, relevant experts from differ offices were also interviewed. The collected data was then summed, ranked and analyzed using Analytical Hierarchy Process model. Fifteen factors were identified during the interview with farmers and experts as current factors that affecting sesame productivity in the study area. However, the most important factors according the respondents prioritization are: drought, lack of technology for sowing and harvesting, unavailability of improve varieties, lack of soil fertility, pests (insects, diseases and weeds) and lack extension works. Hence, it is recommend that all stakeholders (policy makers, researchers, farmers, donors and other relevant bodies) should jointly work together on the above mentioned factors in order to improve sesame productivity in Northern Ethiopia, particularly in the study area.

Keywords- Drought, improved varieties, multi-criteria decision models, soil fertility, stakeholders
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Unique Identification Number - IJEDR1802082
Page Number(s) - 477-480
Pubished in - Volume 6 | Issue 2 | April 2018
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Publisher - IJEDR (ISSN - 2321-9939)
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  Tesfay Gidey,   "Prioritizing factors affecting sesame (sesamum indicum l.) productivity using analytical hierarchy process model in western Tigray, northern Ethiopia", International Journal of Engineering Development and Research (IJEDR), ISSN:2321-9939, Volume.6, Issue 2, pp.477-480, April 2018, Available at :http://www.ijedr.org/papers/IJEDR1802082.pdf
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