About Beles Institute
Adigrat University (AdU) is one of the Ethiopian public universities established in 2011 G.C. with the intention of producing highly qualified and competent graduates, conducting research and development and community service activities. These pillars of Adigrat University are important in the realization and success of the country’s five years consecutive Growth and Transformation Plans (GTPs) for making the country a high income and ultimately a prosperous nation. Adigrat University located in the Eastern zone of Tigray which is known and rich with a naturally available resource called “Beles”. Beles to eastern Tigray is means “life “because of its serves as animal food throughout the year, human food for about 6 months, means of income-generating, it creates job opportunity, it conserves soil and water, etc. Thus, by considering these intensive Beles benefits Adigrat University has been established a research institute since 2015 G.C to have an advance utilization and development of this unique resource and named “Beles Institute”. Now, the Beles institute conducts and mobilizes research and development in the identified thematic areas of this big and unique resources such as value addition to the opuntia species’ product, in improving the management and storing technologies of cactus, in increasing the market access to the cactus products, in minimizing the biological pests of cactus and in contributing to the genetic diversity of cactus etc. moreover, it also serves the community by providing various training and demonstrations to increases their focused in better utilization of this unique resource. In general, the institution has important role in brightening the future for cactus and sustaining its products and use.