The Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has delivered 262tns of fertilisers to farmers in the Tigray Regional State. It is the first batch of 19,300tns secured by the agency and partners to provide urgent support to farmers to sow during Mehir season, which has already begun, after the Ministry of Agriculture granted the green light to buy and distribute more than 60,000tn of fertiliser from the international market. Close to half of the 1.2 million smallholder farmers in Tigray use chemical fertilisers, according to a survey published by the Ethiopian Statistics Service. Sorghum, teff, and maize are the major crops harvested, accounting for nearly two-thirds of total agricultural output in Tigray. The FAO has a fully-staffed regional operational office in Tigray.
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