An Integrated Approach to Solve Small Farm Holder’s Mechanization Barriers in Ethiopia

  • Dessie Tarekegn BantelayEmail author
  • Tsehaye Dedimas
  • Nigist Kelemu
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 308)


Ethiopia has a long history of agricultural practices. But the deployment of agricultural mechanization is still minimal. Farm power is largely dependent on human muscle and oxen driven traditional farm techniques. Even though the effort and interest of agricultural mechanization grew from time to time yet it is not effective due to poor deployment strategy. The main objective of this study was to review and assess the effectiveness of the existing agro-machinery manufacturing, distribution and use in Amhara region of Ethiopia; identify the barriers of agro-machinery deployment actions and design an effective deployment model. The study carried out through collecting and analysis of secondary data related to past attempts followed by. Then primary data gathered and analyzed from the target audience using survey questionnaire, focused group discussion and interview. The study result reveals that poor agricultural mechanization in the region basically associated with inadequate infrastructure, lack of financing institute, fragmented lands, working culture and related ones. In addition there is no clear, adequate and comprehensive agricultural mechanization deployment model. The level of these problems were analyzed quantitatively. Then agricultural mechanization deployment model has been designed. The model offers particular responsibilities for each deployment tasks and protect overlap of responsibilities, remove task redundancy and trace out failure easily.


Agricultural mechanization Mechanization barriers Mechanization deployment model 



This survey was performed by the support of ASMIC BiT. The authors would like to thank all participants included in the survey for their kind cooperation and comments. The authors furthermore wish to acknowledge Dr. Sisay Geremew, ASMIC BiT coordinator, for his particular contribution in the survey.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dessie Tarekegn Bantelay
    • 1
    Email author
  • Tsehaye Dedimas
    • 1
  • Nigist Kelemu
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Bahir Dar Institute of TechnologyBahir Dar UniversityBahir DarEthiopia
  2. 2.Department of Marketing Management, College of Business and EconomicsBahir Dar UniversityBahir DarEthiopia

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