Integrated Striga Control (ISC) Project holds its annual project review and planning workshop

The ISC Project of EIAR held its annual project review and planning workshop from March 13 to 14, 2017 at Hiruy Hall, EIAR headquarters. The review meeting aimed at evaluating ISC research activities and their results from the previous implementing periods of the project and planning new research activities for the next project period.

In the review meeting, progresses and achievements were presented and challenges encountered during implementation periods were thoroughly discussed. Specifically, research progresses and plan, demonstration and popularization of the technologies, seed production and distribution of Striga resistance sorghum varieties, capacity building and administration aspects of the project were deliberated on.

Opening the workshop, Dr. Fentahun Mengistu, DG of EIAR, noted that an effective public participation coordinated and structured at all levels is crucial to ensure equitable development and to build developmental political economy. For that purpose, besides promoting the productivity and quality of staple food crop production, including sorghum, special attention should be given to high-value crops and industrial and export commodities, he emphasized.

H.E. Dr. Eyasu Abriha, Minister of the FDRE Ministry of Agricultural and Natural Resource (MoANR), on his part noted that the sorghum is the third most important crop in terms of sown area and it is the second in total production that is produced by five million farmers on about two million hectares of land. He said that, among the efforts made to improve the country’s sorghum production and productivity, the ICT project plays a significant role in providing relevant Striga control technologies for immediate impacts through expanding seed production of Striga-resistant and drought-tolerant sorghum varieties using formal and informal seed systems.

Professor Gebisa Ejeta, Professor at Purdue University, and Dr. Taye Tesema, ICS Project Coordinator at EIAR and the project collaborators made presentations on various issues in sorghum research and development.

Participants from agricultural research institutes, director generals (DGs), crop research directors and research focal persons from the federal and regional research institutes, i.e., Amhara, Oromia, SNNP, and Tigray, took part in the meeting.