Main Article Content
This study was aimed at evaluating the value chain of the small ruminant in Tahtay Adyabo District of Tigray Region. The data were collected from 138 sample households, 26 traders, 5 butchers, 7 hotels/restaurants and 11 consumers interviewed through a semi-structured questionnaire and from key informant interview. The value chain analysis revealed that the major actors in the district being input suppliers, small ruminant producers, farmers, collectors, small traders, large traders, hotels/restaurants, butchers and consumers. Office of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dedebit Credit and Saving Institution, NGO (Save the Children) and Shire-Maitsebri Agricultural Research Center are main supporting institutions. Nine main alternative channels were identified for goat and sheep marketing. Small ruminant market participant of sample respondents were supplied 137.28 TLU of goats and 107.25 TLU of sheep to the market. In the study area, the governance of the sheep and goat value chain is buyer driven, and there are no producers and buyers cooperatives. Therefore effort should be made to establish farmers’ cooperative and collective action of farmers to lower transaction costs to access inputs.
CSA (Central Statistical Agency). Agricultural Sample Survey, 2014/15 (2007 E.C.), Volume II: Report on Livestock and livestock characteristics (Private peasant holdings). Statistical Bulletin 578, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; 2015b.
Tibbo M. Productivity and health of indigenous sheep breeds and crossbreds in the central Ethiopian highlands. Doctoral Dissertation, Swedish University of Agri-cultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden; 2006.
Endeshaw A. Assessment on production system and marketing of goats at Dale District, Sidama Zone. MSc Thesis. Hawassa University, Awassa, Ethiopia; 2007.
Gebremedhin B, Hoekstra D, Jemaneh S. Heading towards commercialization? The case of live animal marketing in Ethiopia. Improving Productivity and Market Success (IPMS) of Ethiopian Farmers Project Working Paper 5. ILRI (Inter-national Livestock Research Institute), Nairobi, Kenya; 2007.
Getahun L. Productive and economic performance of small ruminant production in production system of the highlands of Ethiopia. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Hohenheim, Hoheinheim, Germany; 2008.
Tsedeke K. Production and marketing of sheep and goats in Alaba District, Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples Region. M.S thesis, Hawassa University, Hawassa, Ethiopia; 2007.
Legese G, Haile A, Duncan A, Dessie T, Gizaw S, Rischkowsky B. Sheep and goat value chains in Ethiopia: A synthesis of opportunities and constraints. ICARDA/ ILRI Project Report, Nairobi, Kenya; 2014.
Hassen A, Ismail A, Haile A, Legese G. Analysis of sheep and goat value chains in Shinelle District, Somali Region, Ethiopia; 2013.
Legese G, Fadiga M. Small ruminant value chain development in Ethiopia: Situation analysis and trends. ICARDA/ILRI Project Report, Nairobi, Kenya; 2014.
Schmitz H. Value chain analysis for policy makers and practitioners. International Labour Office and Rockefeller Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland; 2005.
TADOoARD (Tahtay Adyabo District Office of Agriculture and Rural Development). Annual report, Sheraro, Ethiopia; 2015.
TADOoI (Tahtay Adyabo District Office of Information). Annual report, Sheraro, Ethiopia; 2015.
CSA (Central Statistical Agency). Population Projection of Ethiopia for All Regions. At District Level from 2014 – 2017, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; 2015a.
Cochran WG. Sampling techniques, 3rd Edition. John Wiley & Sons, New York; 1977.