Japan hands over fertilizer to Ethiopia

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Addis Ababa, November 20 (WIC)–Japan on 20 November, 2012, handed-over some 9,001 metric tons of urea fertilizer worth 110 million birr to Ethiopia.

Ambassador of Japan to Ethiopia, Hiroyuki Kishino, handed over the fertilizer to Wondeyerad Mandefro, State Minister of Agriculture at a ceremony held at the Ethiopian Agricultural Inputs Supply Enterprise (AISE) warehouse.

The fertilizer was provided through Japan's grant-in-aid scheme for the food security program underway in Ethiopia.   

“The fertilizer would reach farmers and be used effectively so that it would boost the Ethiopian efforts underway to achieve the agricultural targets stipulated in the GTP,” Ambassador Kishino said.

Japan would continue to extend its grants and technical cooperation to Ethiopia in order to help smallholder farmers increase productivity in agriculture, he added.