ADDIS ABABA – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the summer wheat productivity in the Amhara region is promising as Ethiopia eyes self sufficiency.
The PM said this after visiting the wheat farms in West Dembia District of the region’s Central Gondar Zone.
“Our review today of productivity in the Amhara region is promising,” said PM Abiy. “While our farming journey may be tedious, our ambition is to cultivate in the millions.”
A total of 2 million quintal of wheat product is expected from the 41,000 hectares of land being developed in the region with the help of irrigation this summer, according to agriculture officials of the region.
It is a part of the national summer wheat production push.
“With wheat supply being impacted by global events, it is even more imperative that we accelerate our productivity for self sufficiency,” said Abiy.
Regional Presidents of Oromia, Amhara, South Nations and Nationalities as well as ministers and other senior government officials have accompanied the Prime Minister.
While in central Gondar, the PM also reviewed the progress at the Gorgora Project, which comprises the Dine for Ethiopia initiative.
“Much has been done in a few short months,” the PM said. “Its completion will contribute to our other national pillar to strengthen the economy through our tourism sector.”
Apart from Gorgora, the initiative also includes Wonchi and Koysha projects located in Oromia and South Nations and Nationalities regions, respectively.
The three development projects are being carried out using a 4.2 billion birr finance that the initiative raised locally and Ethiopians living abroad.