New barley varieties for Ethiopia

February 12, 2012 at 7:03 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Barley variety HB 1307, a good cash crop for small-scale farmers in Ethiopia

Two high-yielding varieties of malting barley, jointly developed by the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) and ICARDA, are becoming increasingly popular with farmers in Ethiopia. The two varieties, HB 1307 and Miscal-21, were released in 2006, and they have played a major role in the expansion of malt barley production to its current level of 36,000 tons per year. The varieties were distributed through ICARDA’s international nurseries program. Testing and dissemination was led by EIAR’s Holetta Research Center. The goal is to increase national malt barley production to 100,000 tons a year. Researchers say progress is encouraging, with increasing numbers of small-scale farmers being contracted by private sector processors, which guarantee to purchase grain that meets their quality standards.


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  1. Thanks, very interesting. Are these varieties being used to brew beer locally? Can you say something about the pedigree of these varieties, please?

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