Addis Ababa March 13/2013 Some 1.2 million hectares land has so far been covered with various seeds during belg, (short rainy season), in Ethiopia, the Ministry of Agriculture said.
Public Relation Head with the Ministry, Tarekegn Tsige told ENA that 6.8 million quintals of output is expected to be harvested from the stated area of land.
He said five million farmers in belg growing areas are engaged in grain production.
Similarly, 3.9 million farmers have covered more than 140,400 hectares land with vegetables and fruits, among others.
Some 10.3 million quintals output is expected to be harvested from the stated area of land, Tarekegn said.
Belg is Ethiopia’s short rainy season in particular for the northern highland areas.
These rains are very important to plant short-cycle crops such as wheat, barley, teff and pulses as well as long-cycle cereal crops such as corn, sorghum and millet.