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AGRA donates Tractors and Seed germinators to EIAR and Three Parastatal Seed Enterprises




Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) donated three heavy-duty tractors and three seed germinators to EIAR and the three parastatal seed enterprises in a handover event held at the ILRI campus in Addis Ababa, on 19 April 2022. The support, which is part of AGRA’s role in physical capacity building, has immense importance to leverage the effort of seed production in terms of quality and quantity.

During the event, it was noted that AGRA is one of the major partner organizations closely working to enhance agricultural production and productivity in Ethiopia. It is consistently supporting the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) in technology generation, technology promotion, early generation seed (EGS) production, and capacity building. In a project launched for early generation seed production of key staple crops in 2018 in Ethiopia, AGRA granted 1.8 million USD to EIAR, three public seed enterprises, and one private seed company. The overall objective of the project was to contribute towards improving household food security and income through the multiplication and supply of an adequate amount of early generation seeds of popular crop varieties to seed producers, which produce and commercialize quality seeds to the farmers.

During the handover ceremony, Dr. Taye Tadesse, Crop Director at the EIAR remarked that the assistance is very timely in sustaining EGS production. In his remark, he reiterated his hope to continue the cooperation and thanked AGRA for the support. EIAR along with the partner seed enterprises will value this offers to address seed shortage in key staple crops and greatly acknowledge AGRA for its valuable support to strengthen agricultural production efforts in the country. Also, EIAR and the seed enterprises are very keen to strengthen their partnership with AGRA and greatly appreciate its staff members based in Addis for their regular and unfolded support in the implementation of the project during its life span.


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