On December 1, 2021, a field visit was organized by the Oromia Bureau of Agriculture in East Shewa Zone.
The field visit was 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).
The field visit was aiming to assess the preparation for irrigated wheat production, to evaluate the status of implementation on the ground, and to identify challenges that needed to be addressed right away.
The visits took place in four Woredas (Adama, Lume, Bora, and Dugda) of East Showa Zone. Wanji cluster in Adama Woreda covers 316.5 hectares, Dugugi cluster in Lume Woreda covers 2200 hectares, Malimila cluster in Bora Woreda covers 1620 hectares, and Bayana and Bariso cluster in Dugda Woreda covers 717 hectares.
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.
During the field visit, important challenges were highlighted by farmers and the Woreda offices: Shortage of water pumps, shortage of improved seed, shortage of budget for technical support, and logistics (transport) were mentioned. The issues as well as the steps that must be taken to address them were also discussed.
To overcome the challenges, the MoA pledged 130 pumps and both the MoA and ATA pledged to provide financial support as well as 22 field vehicles for 40 days (16 from MoA and 6 from ATA).
A direction has also been given to mobilize other stakeholders in the region, such as universities and research centers, to support neighboring Woredas.
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.