02 December 2018, Enewari – H.E Dr. Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia visited a wheat cluster in Moretina Jiru woreda, North Shewa zone of the Amhara region. The wheat cluster is one of the Agricultural Commercialization Cluster (ACC) woredas ATA works on along with its partners to increase production and productivity.
240 smallholder farmers in Kusae kebele own the 140 hectares cluster that the Premier visited. More than 10,000 hectares of land is covered with a wheat cluster in the woreda.
Having noted the high productivity, the premier appreciated the hard work of the farmers. On the occasion, he noted the patriotism of the people in defending the country against invaders and called on each farmer to exhibit the same level of devotion in development to alleviate themselves out of poverty.
The area covered by the wheat clusters is a vertisol (black soil) which isn’t ideal for production. But with the introduction of soil drainage and other agricultural technologies it has become one of the most productive areas in the country. The Farmers told the Prime Minister that they expect 55-60 quintals of wheat per hectare, which is double of the national average and comparable to the international records.
The Prime Minister was accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen, President of Oromia Region State Lemma Megersa, and Minister for Agriculture, Omer Hussein, and CEO of ATA, Khalid Bomba.
Prime Minister Abiy in his meeting with the community recognized Ato Khalid as the technical arm of the MoA.