Wheat Farmers hold field day at Ofla IP site of Tigrai region

SARD-SC- Wheat farms  in Adigolo IP cluster siteA total of 364 farmers participated in the wheat technology demonstration at the Ofla Innovation Platform site. The IP farmers were grouped under five clusters based on proximity of locations.

The field day on 29 October 2013 was held at three of the five IP cluster sites (Hugumbirda, Menkere and Adigolo) in which over 700 farmers, government officials, invited stakeholders in the wheat value chain and partners participated.

The performance of two improved wheat varieties “Kekeba and Digalu” at Ofla IP site was exceptionally impressive. After a successful deliberation of the field visit, field day participants indicated that wheat used to be the major crop in the area some years ago, but because of low yield farmers shifted to other crops. As a result of the integrated approach of SARD-SC wheat program, farmers are getting high yielding wheat varieties that have raised productivity from 1.8 to 4-5t/ha. Now, the wheat farmers in the area feel that the future is much brighter as they can produce more wheat competitively, which in turn improves their incomes and livelihood.

Mr. Abraham G. Michael, head of Tigray regional agriculture office, stated that “today we have seen excellent wheat crop. It’s encouraging and inspiring. The next step is dissemination of this technology to all wheat farmers in the district and other areas by adopting the IP approach. There is no time to wait, we have to act immediately.” He also thanked the farmers and stakeholders who participated in the SARD-SC IP site for their hard work and commitment. “This is a model which the regional government is committed to scale up in the coming years, he said.