18 February 2021, Debre Tabor – Ethiopian ATA supported Jimma Union Seed Facility in Jimma Town of the Oromia Regional State has been inaugurated. The inauguration ceremony was attended by H.E Dr Girma Amente, Vice president of the Oromia Region, Jimma Zone Adminstrator Ato Abdulhakim Mulu Dr. Yifru Tafesse Deputy CEO of the ATA, Dawit Phillipos, Acting Senior Director of Operations of the ATA, representatives of banks, government offices and other dignitaries.
Jimma Union Seed Facility has the capacity of processing 400 quintals of seed per day and took 3 years to complete. The facility can aggregate, process & stock 20, 000 quintals of seed in a season. Moreover, the aggregation capacity of the Union has increased from 3,000 to 11,000 quintals. The Union is distributing seed across maize clusters of Oromia. The cost of the center amounts to 22 million birr out of which 14 million was covered by the ATA.
Ethiopian ATA initiated cooperative based seed production (CBSP) project in a bid to address the weak institutional capacity of cooperatives, poor governance and leadership, soft skills, physical facilities, access to early generation seed (EGS) and output financing. It currently operates in the four regions with 176 primary seed producer cooperatives in a move to establish 8 seed specific unions and to restructure 5 existing multipurpose unions.