Agency introduces three teff row-seeding technologies

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Addis Ababa, April 15 (WIC) - Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency introduced three technologies that can well run row plantation for teff.
The Agency provided the prototypes and the designs of the technologies to Amhara, Tigray, Oromia and South Nations, Nationalities and Peoples   Ethiopia regional states’ officials at a forum organized in Addis Ababa.

The three agricultural technologies are expected to help mechanize smallholder farmers engaged in teff growing.
In the traditional way a farmer has to labor for 76 hours per hectare to plant teff seeds. The innovations provided by the Agency on average can manage it in 10 hours. Of course, the best modern tool introduced by the Agency can finish planting teff in 6 hours per hectare given the nature of the land.

Dr. Girma Moges, Director for Agricultural Mechanization at Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research said the technologies introduced in the forum are intended to mechanize teff plantation across the country.

He said the technologies reduce the labor and the time a farmer spends in the farm for seeding teff by tenfold.

“It has been so backbreaking and challenging for the smallholder farmers to manage seeding teff; teff plantation has had no such modern tool; now the introduction of these three innovations can considerably contribute to row seeding and increasing productivity which will have a multiplier effect on production,” he reckoned.

Receiving the designs officials of the four regions complemented Ministry of Agriculture and Agricultural Transformation Agency for their innovative contributions. (ERTA)