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Indigenous chickens in Ethiopia: genetic potential and attempts at improvement
Published online by Cambridge University Press: 18 September 2007
This paper describes the rural poultry production system and the role of scavenging chickens in the rural household economy of Ethiopia. Past attempts that have been made to improve the production and productivity of local birds through upgrading (distribution of exotic birds) and cross breeding in Ethiopia are assessed. The merits and demerits of the different ecotypes of indigenous chicken and their crosses are discussed. The current significance and future role of indigenous birds in the face of extensive importation of exotic birds are appraised. Finally, future areas for research on indigenous chickens are identified in terms of the development of a sensible conservation programme and the utilisation of local chickens as genetic resources.
- World's Poultry Science Journal , Volume 56 , Issue 1 , March 2000 , pp. 45 - 54
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