EIAR holds Its 3rd Quarter Extended Management Meeting

The Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Institute (EIAR) has conducted its 3rd quarterly Extended Management Meeting for the 2009 EC fiscal year on May 28, 2017 at the headquarters. The Extended Management Meeting aims at evaluating the performance of the Institute during the last 9 months based on the M&E reports of the Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Directorate (PMED) of the Institute as well as the performance reports of its 17 research centers, and hold comprehensive discussions on various pressing topics to come up with the ways forward for a successful performance of remaining planned activities for the current fiscal year.

Chaired by the Director General and Deputy Director General of the Institute, the 3rd Extended Management Meeting was attended by directors of the EIAR’s research centers, program/project coordinators, and directors of technical and support directorates at the headquarters. The performance of the institute during the last nine months in areas pertaining to technology and information generation and supply, technology demonstrating and popularization and source technology multiplication, physical and  human resource capacity building, reform and good-governance, etc., were presented and discussed.

 

Accordingly, it was stated that during the last nine months, the institute has been able to generate 217 agricultural technologies and information out of the 214 it planned for the budget year. In the supply of crop varieties, it was reported that 26 crop varieties have been evaluated and released by the National Variety Release Committee (NVRC), and 6 crop varieties that were imported from different countries in collaboration with various local private investors were subjected to successful adaptation trials, after which were evaluated and registered by the NVRC during the reporting period.

In the areas of technology demonstration and popularization activities, it was reported that out of the 42,675 (30,827 males and 11,848 females) technology users planned to be reached with these activities, 39,983 (30,170 males and 9,813 females) have been benefited by different kinds of agricultural technologies during the reporting period.

Similarly, in the area of capacity building, the Institute has organized various capacity training sessions for 19,660 technology users (14,256 males and 5,404 females) out of the 29,073 (20,684 males and 8,389 females) it planned to train by the end of the third quarter, it was stated.

 

While the overall performance of research and other institutional activities for the reporting period has been designated as commendable, pressing issues encountered in the course of carrying out planned activities have also been thoroughly discussed. The meeting was adjourned with the following directions put forward by the management to effectuate a better performance in upcoming operations of the institute: inclusion of research that could respond to the globally growing impact of climate change; a proper implementation of the new JEJ; provision of a prompt response to crop disease incidences; ensuring sharing of resources between research centers; and ensuring that due laws and regulations are put in place in the implementation of legal procedures.