On December 1, 2021, a field visit was organized by the Oromia Bureau of Agriculture in East Shewa Zone held in the presence of H.E. Oumer Hussien, Minister of Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), and Dr. Mandefro Nigussie, CEO of the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA).
During the visit, it is said that out of the targeted 300,000 hectares in the Oromia region, 176,013 hectares of land have been prepared for planting and 75,452 hectares have been planted.
According to the US Department of Agriculture, in mid-year 2021/22 the nation’s wheat production forecast at a record of 5.18 million metric tons.
Ethiopia imports around 10-15 million quintals of wheat every year costing around 300-400 million USD, data showed.
In addition to the Oromia region, Amhara, Afar, Sidama, and SNNP regions are all implementing irrigated wheat production. In the Amhara region, out of the planned 80,000 hectares, 11,695 hectares have been prepared and 4,537 hectares are being planted. In the Afar region, out of the planned 10,000 hectares of land, 10,700 hectares have been readied for planting and 1,173.5 hectares have been planted. In SNNP, 9,000 hectares of land have been set aside for production, with 2,175 hectares ready for planting and 150 hectares planted.
In the Oromia region, the planted irrigated wheat is expected to be harvested in March 2022.
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