Addis Ababa April 17/2013 The Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) announced that implementation of a project aimed at developing existing Africa's wheat and rice production potential is launched.
The objective of the project being implemented since 2012 is to develop ways to enable the continent increase agricultural production.
Institute Director-General, Dr. Solomon Assefa said the main aim of the project is to support ongoing efforts of the continent to improve supply of wheat to control existing global food price hike.
Dr. Solomon said Africa produces 22 million tons wheat a year but its consumption is more than 50 million tons. Hence, the continent imports the balance from other continents.
He said the project helps to promote international practices and successful technologies to increase wheat and rice production.
Close to twenty African countries will be embraced in the project, which will help to bring in modern technology and build capacity to conduct research thereby produce surplus.
Regional Representative for East and South Africa, Dr. Paul Kiepe also said Africa imports 12 billion USD worth rice annually at present.
Kiepe said the project will work to increase rice production by 20 per cent through introducing new technology across the continent.