Ethiopia to build research center to boost rice production
Addis Ababa February 27/2015 A research and training center that will help to boost rice production in Ethiopia in the coming five years will be built with the support of the government of Japan.
The agreement for the construction of the center was signed by the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
JICA and the Ethiopian government will cover the 10 million USD, which the project is expected to consume.
The center will be built in Fogera area in Amhara regional state and expects to support rice cultivation through modern technologies thereby improve production.
According to Dr Fantahun Mengistu Director of the Institute, the center will help Ethiopia to boost production and maximize benefits from rice.
He said the project will assist Ethiopia’s efforts to the realization of the 10 years national plan to boost rice production.
According to him, the project will help to double production harvested from a hectare from the current 60-70 quintals and reduce post harvest losses.