Open Access Research Article

Experience from Traditional Irrigation Management in Ethiopia. Case Study of Holetta River

Getamesay Shiwenzu*

Integrated Watershed Management Research, Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research, Ethiopia

Corresponding Author

Received Date: May 16, 2019;  Published Date: May 29, 2019


The main objective of the study was to assess experience 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. The management of the river very challengeable. Access to water doesn’t account for the type of crop and its stage, land hold and distant from the primary channel. Also, farmers make unlawful acts coupled with inefficient application of community the correct the problems. On the other hand, the participation of the community on the efficient management of the river is not effective. Therefore, improving the management of the irrigation is important by involving all concerning bodies. In the future it is imperative to made capacity building effort to enable the community to manage the irrigation system sustainably. Also, policy alternatives have to be tested to insight options for successful community-based irrigation system in the country.

Keywords: Traditional irrigation; Holetta river

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