Open Access Research Article

Rethinking Traditional Irrigation Water Equity in Holetta River, Awash River Basin, Ethiopia

Getamesay Shiwenzu*

Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research, Ethiopia

Corresponding Author

Received Date: May 16, 2019;  Published Date: June 11, 2019


The main objective of the study was to assess the equity of Holetta River to traditional irrigation users. In the study both qualitative and quantitative research approaches were used. By Purposive and convenient sampling methods open ended questionnaire and unstructured interview were employed along with direct observation. From the study the range is not serious however there is a problem of equity in water distribution to users. The water distribution doesn’t account for the type of crop and its stage, land hold and distant from the primary channel. Also, farmers unlawful act makes problems on ensuring equity. It worsens that there is no participation of females on equity of water. Thus, to improve equity, the management of the irrigation is important and development of strategies that facilitate resource equity and sustainability in the country among the community and other users should be considered. This study may give community concerns at local level and the future it is imperative to study details of social-economic and legal aspects while developing irrigation system in the country to bring equity and sustainability.

Keywords: Equity; Irrigation; Holetta river

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