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Seeds and Fertiliser Distributed to Farmers

07 May 2010

ETHIOPIA – The Meki Batu Horticulture Producers' Cooperative Union has distributed agricultural inputs to farmers in Ethiopia.

Growers in the East Shoa Zone of Oromoia State have been handed products for the coming short rainy season, known as belg, at a cost of more than 25 million birr, ReliefWeb reported.

Union manager Yetefa Getahun told the Ethiopian News Agency that more than 11,000 quintals of select seeds of maize and onion and 5,075 quintals of fertilisers have been handed out.

Some of the funding for the agricultural aid had come from the sale of green beans to the export market, added the union's board director Birhanu Hussein.

Construction of an oil station and development facilities is also generating income for the body, he added.

A six per cent growth rate in agricultural domestic product would contribute to a "rapid economic transformation" by aiding employment and lowering poverty, the International Food Policy Research Institute has said.

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