Ethiopia to reap over 253 mln quintals of agricultural output

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Addis Ababa, 4 February 2014 (WIC) – The Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) said that over 253.8 million quintals of agricultural output is expected to be reaped in the 2013/14 harvest season.

Ministry Public Relations Head, Tarekegn Tsige, told WIC the stated output will be harvested from 12. 28 million hectares of land developed across the country.

The agricultural output expected to be harvested in the reported period exceeds that of the previous harvest season by 22.5 million quintals, he said.

He attributed the increase to the awareness raising and skill trainings given to leaderships and 9 million framers as well as well-timed distribution of agricultural inputs.

Over 1.6 million metric tons of chemical fertilizer, 37 million metric tons of compost, 92, 300 bags of bio fertilizer and over 2 million quintals of select seeds were distributed among farmers, he said.

The application of improved farming system by farmers such as planting teff, wheat and pulses in row also played their part for the increase in the output, he said.

Out of the total land developed in the 2013/14 harvest season, over 3 million hectares was planted in row, he said.

According to Tarekegn, the agricultural produce to be reaped in the reported period would have a significant contribution towards stabilizing the market.

He said efforts are underway to attain the five-year Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP) through increasing agricultural productivity by 20 per cent in 2014/15 harvest season.