ETHIOPIA – Ethiopia’s Oromia region has announced that it is expecting to harvest over 105 million quintals (10.5M tonnes) of wheat from its summer irrigated land.

Mustafa Hussein, Crop Development Director at the Oromia Agriculture Bureau stated that the 2.6 million hectares initially planned to be cultivated during the summer season has been surpassed by over 1 million hectares across the region’s 21 zones.

The director expressed optimism about the development, stating that “the progress in all zones is encouraging, and we anticipate exceptional results.”

He confidently predicted that this year’s irrigated wheat production in the region would exceed 105 million quintals.

Mustafa noted that, currently, farmers are actively harvesting the crop with the aid of modern agricultural equipment and the average yield per hectare stands at 45 quintals (4.5 tonnes) with some high-yielding areas achieving over 60 quintals (6 tonnes) per hectare.

During the planting season in October last year, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced that the country’s summer wheat cultivation target stands at three million hectares, 1.7 million hectares more than the previous year’s coverage, a whopping 130% jump.

“Leaving aside previous years, when we compare last year to this year, 1.3 million hectares were cultivated in summer last year. But this year we are planning to cultivate three million hectares, 1.7 million hectares more than last year.”

PM Abiy further revealed that this year’s production is expected to exceed 100 million quintals

He recalled that the rains in the just-ended season were good. “The winter was great and we added 2 million hectares more. Therefore, the production was excellent and harvesting is now underway in most areas.

According to him, the Afar region has good soil and water which are excellent elements that can enable the expansion of wheat cultivation thereby achieving self-sufficiency at a national level.

This summer, from the combination of both winter and summer wheat production we can cover both domestic demand and even export the rest, he projected.

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