Background of Jinka Agricultural Research Center

Jinka Agricultural Research Centre (JARC) is established in 2004 by the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (FDRE) through a fund secured from IFAD to address agriculture problems of marginalised and unaddressed regions of South Western Ethiopia. JARC is currently working under Southern Agricultural Research Institute (SARI) with a broader mandate of generating, adopting, popularizing and disseminating improved, alternative and marketable crop, animal and natural resource technologies that enhance rapid & sustainable growth of agricultural production & productivity and promote market competence of agrarian communities in South Omo Zone. Geographically, the center is located in Jinka town of South Omo, which is 729 km  South West of the national capital Addis Ababa at about E 360 33’ 02.7” Longitude and N 050 46’ 52.0” Latitude and an altitude of 1383 meters above sea level. Now a day the center is working with all the administrative districts of South Omo Zone, considering representative agro-ecologies.  

Mission of the center

The center in the zone aims at improving the living standard of pastoral and agro-pastoral communities as well as rural farmers through the enhancement of crop and livestock productivity.

 

Overall goal and objectives

  • Generate, adapt and demonstrate improved agricultural technologies
  • Large scale demonstration and popularization of well adapted and improved agricultural technologies
  • Multiplication of starter seed for well adapted and improved agricultural technologies (livestock breeds, and pre-basic and basic seeds of crop varieties)
  • Coordination of other agricultural research conducted in the zone

Structural arrangement of the Center

There are four main research processes namely:-

  • Crop research
  • Livestock research
  • Natural resource research
  • Socio economic research, pre-extension demonstration and multiplication process

And five administration process

  • Finance and procurement work process
  • Audit work process
  • Human resource management work process
  • Planning, monitoring and evaluation work process
  • Documentation and record keeping work process

The center has the following human and physical resource

Human resource

  • 50 researchers with different disciplines
  • 10 technical assistance
  • 50 supportive staffs

Physical resource

  • Multipurpose offices buildings (Administration, laboratories and library)
  • About four substations/testing sites: - on-station (100 ha), Keyafer Goat research and multiplication sub-station (134ha), Alduba sub-station (6 ha) and Omorate substation (50ha).
  • Different laboratories (soil science, plant pathology, agronomy and physiology, nutrition and food science, animal nutrition) with partial equipment’s and chemicals
  • …etc