PM Visits Wheat Cluster Farming in Arsi

ADDIS ABABA – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Wednesday visited wheat cluster farming activities in Oromia region’s Hitesso Woreda of Arsi Zone.

Abiy was accompanied by former Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Addis Ababa City Administration Mayor, Adanech Abebe, Oromia Regional State President, Shimeles Abdissa, Chief Administrators of regional States and other senior government officials.

Ethiopia is the third largest wheat producing country in Africa. The country, however, remains a net importer of wheat.

“We are working hard to become self-sufficient in wheat production by cultivating undeveloped lands in the past,” said Prime Minister Abiy during the visit.

Out of the 680,000 hectares of land cultivated during the production season in Arsi Zone,, 388,000 hectares have been cultivated with a cluster farming system, says officials of the Zone .

The government has been promoting a cluster farming system for the past three years with a view to increasing wheat productivity while availing more resources to the sector.

Recent projections show that productivity could soon increase to a record high as the government continues to dedicate more resources to agriculture.

Wheat production in the 2020-21 marketing year is projected to be 5.1 million tonnes due to a small desert locust infestation, resulting in quantity and quality losses, says a Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) report from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

However, the production in the 2021-22 marketing year is expected to be a record 5.18 million tonnes, shows SDA’s forecast for Ethiopia.