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Prime Minister of Ethiopia honours 570 agriculture investorsRecently, Ethiopia colourfully marked the 8th National Farmers and Semi-pastoralists Day at Adama town. Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn handed over awards for over 570 farmers and semi-pastoralists for transforming themselves into agricultural investors, securing a capital of over 1.5 million birr and creating jobs for a number of women and youths. The prizes includes medals, trophies, tractors and saving bonds worth birr 3,000 each.
One model female farmer, Yenesew Adugna who is from Benshangul-Gumuz State, shared the secret behind her success and challenges to The Ethiopian Herald. According to Yenesew, the success is attained due to strong commitment and relentless efforts in implementing modern agricultural extension system with the help of agricultural experts.
Another farmer, Dugasa Gesifeta from West Welega Zone, secured 9.7 million birr cultivating agricultural products with modern technologies and inputs like fertilizers and chemicals. He also produces avocado in addition to breeding cattle and bees.
According to the Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources Dr. Eyasu Abraha, the agriculture sector is expected to produce 500 million quintals by the end of GTP II. This will be realized if the sector could be transformed well in technology and export-led agricultural system.
He also said that modern technologies particularly focusing on soil fertility need to be implemented for better outputs. It is also learned that the number of model farmers in the country is increasing from time to time. Apart from increasing production and productivity, the government works to raise the number of model farmers to 16,776 by the end of GTP II, and to enable 50 per cent of them benefit from modern agricultural extension system.
Publication date: 3/20/2017
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