EIAR introduces new agricultural technologies among over 19,000 farmers

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Addis Ababa, 6 February 2014 (WIC) – The Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) said it has introduced new agricultural technologies among 19,280 farmers in the first half of this budget year.

Institute Public Relations Director, Derese Teshome told WIC that newly introduced technologies would help beneficiaries (farmers) improve productivity.

He said training was given to the farmers ahead of the distribution of new technologies so that they can adapt the technologies easily.

Some 5, 463 model farmers and semi pastoralists have received the raining in the reported period, he said.

As part of the efforts to transfer knowledge and technologies, the institute has been undertaking adaption works of 11 new technologies drawn from abroad at research centers in various parts of the country, he said.

During the past six months, the institute has also disbursed 17, 130 quintals of select seed for centers engaged in the multiplication of seed, Derese pointed out.

The institute is endeavoring to boost agricultural productivity by conducting researches in 17 centers located across the country, it was learnt.

Zone undertaking natural resource conservation activities

Addis Ababa, 5 February 2014 (WIC) – Natural resource conservation activities are underway in 37 woredas of North Shoa zone, Amhara Regional State, according to zonal administrator.

The administrator, Eshete Assfaw, told WIC that more than 600,000 farmers are taking part at the 60-day conservation activities.

The farmers participating at the conservation activities being held for the fourth consecutive years are expected to contribute labor worth one million birr, he said.

According to Eshete, similar natural conservation activities carried out in the zone during the past years enabled farmers to harvest three times per year.

The ongoing natural conservation works will also improve productivity of farmers as it directly linked with their irrigation development activities, he noted.

Some 62,000 hectares of land was developed through irrigation last budget year and the development of 72, 500 hectares of land is also underway this budget year, he said.