The development of the Horro breed in Ethiopia is a success story for the team that has been working on it since 2008. The breed will be used as a benchmark for improving other indigenous chicken genetic resources in the country.
ACGG Ethiopia will test five introduced (Koekoek, Fayoumi, Sasso, Kuroiler, Embrapa 051) and at least two local chicken strains (improved Horro and a few others). These fact sheets introduce the strains in details.
Tadelle Dessie of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), who leads the African Chicken Genetic Gains (ACGG) project and Negussie Dana and Wondmenh Esatu from the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) have been honoured by the Ethiopian Government for their seminal work on genetic improvement of Ethiopian indigenous chickens’ egg productivity.