Debre Zeit Research Center

History: Debre Zeit Agricultural Research Center was established in 1953 under the then Alemaya Agricultural College, now Harmaya University.The Center was then transferred to the then Ethiopian Agricultural Research Organizationin 1984.Debre Zeit Agricultural Research Center (DZARC) is mandated for the improvement of tef, durum wheat, chickpea, lentil, forage crops, vegetables (shallot and garlic), fruits (grapevine), poultry, dairy, small ruminants, animal nutrition, and land and water. 


Total area: 147 ha

Establishment year:1953

Location (Latitude/longitude): 08° 44’ N and 38° 58’ E

Agro-ecological zones (AEZs): Tepid to cool sub-moist highlands (SM2) 

Altitutde: 1900 m.a.s.l.

Temperature (min/max): 8.9°C min and 28.3°C (Mean: 19°C)


Type (bimodal/unimodal): Bimodal (small rains occur between February and April)

Annual total (mm):851 mm 

Length of growing period (LGP): 61-120 days

Soil type and coverage in percent:Light soils (Alfisols/Mollisols, 20 ha or 14% and mostly used for construction and other purposes.Black soils (Vertisols) also constitute 127 ha, 86%.

Distance from Addis Ababa: 47km


Debre Zeit Agricultural Research Center

P.O.Box: 32

Tel: (+251) 0114-33 85 55/33 87 65

Fax: (+251) 0114-33 80 61