Shewa Robit Integrated development project

Hailu Terefe (Ph.D.)
Director of Shewa Robit Integrated development project
Shewa Robit Integrated development project

Debre Berhan University launched Shewa Robit integrated development project in 2012 in North Shoa zone, Kewot Woreda, Shewa Robit town with a scope focused on Shewa Robit, and neighboring Woredas; but through time, addressing North Shoa zone to full fill the demands of different species of fruits, vegetables, fishes, poultry and tree seedlings. The university has been investing a lot in terms of money, time and human capital to introduce agricultural technologies that can improve the livelihoods of the lowland agrarians specifically Shewa Robit and the neighboring community. The project primarily focused on assisting the university’s learning -teaching process, research and community service activities mandated by the virtue of the ministry of higher education.

Shewa Robit integrated development project which covered a total area of 25.6 hectares previously (recently only about 6 ha remaining) has the objectives of serving: a) as a practical training center; b) source of innovation; c) center of research for lowland agro-ecology; d) center of community services through creating different job opportunities.

Currently, Shewa Robit research site is serving as tree and fruit nursery, fruit and other vegetable multiplication site for lowland and semi-arid agro-ecology. It is favorable to conduct experimental research and demonstration of fruit, vegetable, lowland pulses and lowland cereals technologies. In addition, integration of agricultural technologies such as fish-poultry–vegetable production, sericulture and apiculture are few activities currently going on. The site is good for demonstrating integrated agricultural technologies and agro-processing activities including introduction of technologies for processing and storage for lowland crops such as fruits, vegetables, spices and herbs, lowland pulses and nuts. In order to create proper land use in the research site, a master plan already prepared with the participation of international scholars and activities are going on follow the master plan. We invite multidisciplinary stakeholders to collaborate with us in financing projects, sharing knowledge and experience and work jointly.