Red Cross Provides Inputs, Assistance to Farmers

Jul 2 , 2022

  The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), its Ethiopia office, and federal authorities have launched an assistance programme for smallholder farmers. The initiative looks to provide agricultural inputs such as chemical fertilisers, and tools, to 65,000 farming households in the Amhara, Oromia, Somali, and Tigray regional states. Project managers says trucks have thus far distributed 2,000 bags of seeds. It amounts to an approximate 1,900 tonnes of sorghum, maize, teff, wheat, and haricot bean seeds. Smallholder farmers have been struggling with skyrocketing fertiliser prices. Unions and cooperatives, which are tasked with distribution after federal agencies import the input, were selling chemical fertilisers for up to 4,900 Br a quintal. Last month, the federal government facilitated billions of Birr in subsidies from federal coffers, sufficient to slash fertiliser prices by a quarter.



A painting depicts traditional farming equipment at the Science Museum around the Arat Kilo area. Since the seizing of power by the current administration, large-scale architectural projects marked by grandeur have proliferated across the capital. The satellite city being built in the Yeka mountains, which is set to cost around 600 billion Br, according to the Prime Minister, is one such project yet to see the light of day. Some estimates put the plot size for the project at around 503hct despit...



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A street vendor puts up pepper for sale around the Lideta area. With agricultural produce accounting for the largest share of the nation's GDP at around 40pc, setbacks in the delivery of fertilizer have become a source of strife in rural Ethiopia. Only a third of the scheduled fertilizer of 1.3 million quintals has been distributed into the hands of farmers this year. This is despite the year being one in which the government claims to have met local demand for wheat and started exporting. Low p...