Holeta Agricultural Research Center (HARC) was established in 1966 under the Institute of Agricultural Research (IAR), now EIAR. The Center is located in Holeta Town and has two sub-centers and two testing sites. The Ginchi and Ad’a Berga sub-centers focus on Vertisol and dairy research, respectively, while Adadi and Jeldu testing sites are for highland crops research activities.


Total area: 396 ha

Establishment year: 1966 GC 

Location (Latitude/longitude): 9º 00’ N and 38º 30’ E

Agro-ecological zones (AEZs): M2-5 

Altitude: 2400 m.a.s.l 

Temperature (min/max): 6 ºC and 22 ºC 

Average rainfall gain: 1144 mm 

Soil type: Nitosols and Vertisols 

Coordination role: dairy and forage crops, highland (temperate) fruits, acidic soil management, Vertisol management, soil fertility and plant nutrient management, highland oilseeds, highland pulses.

Distance from Addis Ababa (km): 29 km




Tel: +25111 237 0376; +25111 237 0006

Fax: +25111 237 0377

P.O. Box: 31

West Showa Zone, Oromia Region