Wheat Growing in Ethiopia
Testing for Ug99 wheat stem rust in the field station at Asella, Ethiopia.
Kulumsa Research Centre, P. O. Box 489, Asella, Ethiopia Wheat being tested for Ug99 wheat stem rust and other rust diseases at the Kulumsa Agricultural Research Center in Asela, Ethiopia.
Ug99 is devastating to wheat, leaving the heads with nothing but small, shriveled grain in the otherwise normal looking heads. It was discovered first in Uganda in 1999 and has since been moving east, having recently been found in Yemen.
The rust is seen as red patches along the stem of the wheat, hence the name.
KULUMSA AGRICUTURAL RESEARCH CENTER (KARC) is about 167 km southeast of Addis Ababa. It is located in the Oromiya Regional State in the northeast periphery of the town of Asela, Arsi Zone.