The Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture has recently announced its plan to substitute imported wheat and rice by implementing the utilization of up-to-date agricultural technologies. Ethiopia has a total arable land of more than 70 million hectares, but it only cultivated 12 million hectares of land while the population engaged in agriculture is estimated to be 80 million.

Ethiopia plans to benchmark best practices and experiences to boost irrigation-based lowland wheat production and productivity. According to Esayas Lemma, Ministry of Agriculture Crop Development Director, in the coming years, attention will be given to promoting local and multinational investors’ participation in the agricultural sector in order to increase production and productivity by providing incentives.


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