Addis Ababa October 24/2013 Farmers in North Shoa Zone of Oromia State said they have managed to increase production and productivity of wheat and teff following activities carried out to control weeds using modern technology.
The farmers in Ada and Lumame woredas said that they managed to eradicate weeds that affect production of wheat using pallas 45 od, an anti-weed chemical.
Yeshi Bekele, one of the farmers in Ude rural locality in Ada Woreda said the chemical helped to control this grass like weed which covered her farmland in a short time.
She said the technology helped her to eradicate the weed effectively in a short time.
Yeshi expressed hope that she will harvest higher amount of output this crop production year as she managed to control the weed.
According to her, timely spraying of the chemical will help to prevent expansion of the weed and increase production and productivity.
Gebsa, Another farmer in Dansa Shumbure locality in Lumame Woreda said his farm land had been covered with this weed and the amount of output he was expecting to harvest was significantly declined.
He said the technology helped him to eradicate the weed and increase production.
General Manager of Chemtex PLC, supplier of the palace 45 od anti-weed chemical, Yemenu Jembere said a grass like weed has been affected the production of wheat in Arsi and Bale areas.
He said up to 60,000 farmers in these areas have managed to increase production and productivity using this technology.
According to him, the company is working in close collaboration with stakeholders with a view to support the efforts of the government towards ensuring food security.