Netherlands to support sesame production in Amhara, Tigray
Gondar June 10/2013 The government of Netherlands expressed readiness to support the ongoing efforts of Amhara and Tigray States to add value and supply sesame to the global market. The government has allocated 1.9 million Euros for implementation of projects in sesame growing areas of the states for the coming three years. Country Project Coordinator , Dr. Geremew Terefe said at a relevant forum that the project is aimed at making sesame production competitive in the global market especially in Europe and Japan. Dr. Geremew said the project is also providing capacity building training and techinical support to over 14,000 farmers in the regions on new technologies and sesame production. Gondar Town Agricultural Research Center Head, Dr. Abraham Abegaz on his part said the center has carried out promotion work to introduce best sesame seeds in the area. Farmers involved in sesame production on their parts said that the support from the government of Netherlands will enable them to lead a better life through improving quality, increasing productivity and competitiveness of the product in the global market. Farmers, investors, higher level officials , experts in the field, unions and researchers drawn from the two regions and representatives from the government of Netherlands have taken part in the two-day forum.