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Oromia Agricultural Research Institute

Bako Agricultural Research Center



BARC aspires to be the center of excellence in Agriculture Research and Technology Transfer and see improved living standard of the people in Western Oromia on sustainable base.


BARC contributes to the increase of agricultural production and productivity, alleviation of poverty and improvement of the overall living standard of the farming community of Oromia on sustainable bases while restoring and maintaining the natural resource base of the region by adapting, generating, multiplying, and disseminating appropriate technologies   

Objectives of the center

The general objective of the center are identification prioritization of crop, livestock and natural resource production problems and planning and executing problem oriented research.  Generation of agricultural technologies and promotion to the end users. In short target of the center are:

Increase production & productivity of crops and animal resources

Sustainable management & utilization of natural resources

Enhancing  food security and food self sufficiency


Research Process Descriptions


Crop research technology generation process

Crop research process has four research teams i) cereal crops ii) pulse and oil crops iii) horticultural crops  and iv) crop farm technology multiplications are  research  teams and technology multiplication teams of the process.

Natural Resource research technology generation process

This research process has two research teams i) Soil and water conservation research ii) Agro-forestry research team.

Livestock research technology generation process

The research process has six research teams i) dairy research ii) meat research iii) animal feed research iv) apiculture research v) poultry research  and  vi) animal farm technology multiplication teams.



The center is located at 258 km west of the capital, Addis Ababa, 8 km away from the nearest town, Bako and 4 km from highway road to Nekemte town, western Ethiopia. BARC lies between 906’N latitude and 3709’E longitude at an altitude of 1650 masl. Agro-ecology is mid-altitude with high rainfall of 1238 mm year-1 and hot humid weather 13.3 0C minimum and 280C Maximum annum-1. BARC covers an area of 1440 hectares. Majority of the land area (66.5%) was allocated for natural and artificial forest and animal greening, 22.5% is allotted for experimental and seed multiplication, the rest 10% is for residential, research block and management office, laboratory, library and recreation centers.

Tel 04-66-67- 02-02/0576-65-05-17


P. O. Box  21 Bako


Address Zone_East Wallaga__

Wereda;- Bako Tibe