The 2016/17 year is a year in which research, community services and technology
transfer efforts of Wolaita Sodo University steps forward and show improvements
in its delivery. In fleeting look, the major accomplishments of research and
community services tricks of the year are portrayed below.
To enhance technology generation and transfer, site specific, agro ecology and
community problem based procurement process of modern technological inputs
like tractors was done. The tractors are serving research and development activities
in Wolaita and Dawuro zones to facilitate agricultural activities ranging from land
preparations to post-harvesting.
Two research centers at Farawocha and Bilate Charcho were functional by
securing lands from Boloso Bombe and Duguna Fango woredas of Wolaita Zone.
This adds up the number of the research centers in to six, namely, Kechi Research
Center at Tocha Woreda of Dawuro Zone, Abala Faracho Research Center at
Humbo Woreda, Kokate Highland Fruits Nursery and Farmer Training Center at
Sodo Zuria Woreda, Omotic Languages and Cultures Research Institute at Kilinito
in Sodo Town.
In Kechi Research Center, which is founded in Tocha Woreda of Dawuro Zone,
2.5 quintals of improved varieties of maize/corn was sown in 12 hectares while
creating daily job opportunities for many jobless youths. In addition, 1.5 quintals
of beans (boloke) varieties was sown, and improved potato seeds were also planted
on 0.25 hectare of land. In order to plant seedlings of different trees, about 4200
holes in two rows were dug around fences of the research center.
In Abala Faracho research center, which is located at Humbo Woreda in Wolaita
Zone, construction for both poultry houses and beef fattening is underway. It is
expected to be completed before the end of the current budget year. In the research
center, land preparation for sowing Alfa-Alfa and others as poultry feed is done.
In addition, bee keeping is being undertaken and forage preparation for fattening
the bulls and feeding the dairy cows are secured.
Nursery for Highland Fruits and Farmers training center is also located at Kokate,
Sodo Zuria Woreda of Wolaita Zone in 2.1 hectare of land. The research center has
planted over 2000 apple rootstock which was purchased from Chencha Highland
Fruits Development Center. At the center, various specious of fruits seedlings are
being adapted prior to being crossed with scion. Crossing of apple rootstock with
scion was already done which then will be disseminated to farmers to enhance food
security and protect environment.
The dairy farm, which was established with purchase of 23 lactating cows a year
ago, is serving the university communities through supplying milk. It is also a
practical teaching center for students and saves huge amount of money which
would have been allocated for field attachment. It also acts as a center for
demonstration where academia and other stakeholders visit the farm and gain
experiences. The dairy farm has doubled its magnitude and created job
opportunities to more than 25 permanent employees and more than 15 daily
In addition to dairy farm, construction of houses for pig farm and bull fattening in
the campus have been completed and pigs and beef cattle were purchased.
Recently, foundation laid for the construction of Research Institute for Omotic
Language and Culture, in 70 hectares of land granted by zonal and regional
In broad spectrum, the research culture and engagement of staff in community
service are budding through time among the academic staff of the university.
Hence, 104 researches and 43 community services and technology transfer projects
were granted to academic staff in the academic year. Participation rate of the staff
reached 61%, and about 34% of female academic staff currently in duty are
engaged in researches, community services and technology transfer activities.
Also six mega projects that are believed to bring wider impact on the community
have been granted.
On the other hand, numbers of capacity building schemes that acquaint staff with
desired knowledge were undertaken for different sectors. In addition, university
industry linkages have been created with different institutions.
WSU has been working to disseminate research findings, community services and
technology transfer efforts of the university. Besides, research publication and
community services reputability committee has assessed articles reputability based
on WSU guidelines.
Also 135 articles by WSU academic staffs were published in internationally
reputable journals in the academic year and screening, evaluation, and defense of
more than 130 proposals/projects from six colleges and 4 schools for the coming
academic year is ongoing.