Addis Ababa September 05/2017 Supporting the livestock sector through improved technology is essential if productivity of the sector is to be enhanced, according to Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries.
The 31th Annual Conference of Ethiopian Veterinary Association opened today under the theme: Enhancing Veterinary Services through Improved Application of Innovative Approaches and IT /ICT Solutions.
Livestock and Fisheries Minister, Professor Fikadu Beyene said improved technological applications play a vital role in disease prevention and control, efficient and effective input supply system, better management options, access to knowledge and credit to enhance production.
ICT has a key role in the development of market infrastructure and market institutions for inducing efficiency and incentives for market participants along the value chain, he added.
The quick technological digital devices, Web and wireless communications developments have created non-imaginable implications in animal, veterinary and medicine field in the last decade.
Professor Fikadu stated that the use of technological advances, forced by the global commerce, easy and low cost communications and professional competition, including in learning and research fields, was effortlessly adopted in these areas.
Ethiopia owns a significant large number of livestock populations, the sector has remained under developed and its potential has not been efficiently and effectively utilized.
The Minister said high prevalence of livestock diseases and poor feed quality are among the major technical constraints hindering development of the sector.
These call for concerted efforts of all actors, including private and public organizations and civic societies to modernize livestock production, he observed.
Ethiopian Veterinary Association President, Dr. Bewuket Seraw said the association has been working to ensure animal health.
He added that it has also been working in collaboration with stakeholders to support the sector in technology.
The two-day conference will discuss about how the association can contribute to the improvement of livestock.
Addis Ababa September 05/2017 Chiefs of three United Nations food agencies lauded Ethiopia’s success on sustainable and participatory development programs in Tigray and Ethiopian Somali regional states.
David Beasley, Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the world Food and Agricultural Organizations (FAO), and Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) made the remark after concluding their visit to the regional states.
The chiefs visited joint development programs conducted by the Ethiopian government in collaboration with the agencies on natural and livestock resource development, and creation of market outlets as well.
Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of IFAD lauded Ethiopia’s efforts in curbing the effects of drought by effectively blending relief efforts with sustainable development programs.
He noted that the delegation has observed the relentless efforts of the leadership at all levels of the administrative echelons in ascertaining the development programs in a sustained manner.
Houngbo said the sustainable development projects that have been carried out with the engagement of the public with high level of ownership in the regional states are successful.
The President also noted the complementary nature of projects conducted by nongovernmental organizations and interventions made by the government.
He appreciated successful efforts in the regional states on conducting environmental rehabilitation programs along with other sustainable development programs in progress.
The President mentioned the relief efforts in the Ethiopian Somali regional state, being conducted by blending relief programs with sustainable development projects currently underway in the state, as an example.
He noted on how the sustainable development programs have mainstreamed gender balance and climate change components into the programs conducted in the states.
FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva, for his part said he has observed that the development programs conducted in the states are participatory.
He added that he has realized how community members had participated in decision making and how they have taken initiatives on protecting the environment in their respective areas.
The Director General noted how local leadership teams have closely work with community members and how they have enabled the members of the pastoral communities to have access to information.
The General Secretary of WFP, David Beasley on his part appreciated efforts of the government geared towards minimizing the impacts of the current drought.
Preliminary precautionary efforts made by the government in collaboration with international partners have helped to reduce effects of the drought which could have been far more devastating.
Activities carried out in capacity building to ensure resilience and efforts made by communities have also helped to mitigate the effects of the drought, the Director General added.
He affirmed that FAO will work in full collaboration with the Ethiopian government in making current development programs come to fruition.
The three UN agencies are currently providing technical and financial support in helping to further modernize Ethiopia’s agriculture sector.
Addis Ababa September 04/2017 The visiting heads of the three United Nations food agencies have met with Ethiopia’s Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonen and discussed on issues of the current drought and ways to sustainably avert it.
The heads of International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), World Food Program (WFP) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are visiting Ethiopia.
The heads during the discussion expressed their interest to engage in averting drought exposure in Ethiopia through sustainable development, Demeke told reporters after the discussion.
“Three of the agencies have expressed their interest to collaboratively tackle the chained occurrences of drought in Ethiopia by actively engaging in sustainable development”.
The heads of the agencies have been to Somalia and Tigray regional states to witness first-hand the scale of the drought and project aimed at building communities’resilience.
IFAD President, Gilbert F.Houngbo on his part said that the discussion was to focused “on how we can do better and improve the situation”.
“We had an opportunity to exchange further with the Deputy Prime Minister, so we can share our views on what we have found and most importantly to engage and listen to the deputy Prime Minister to get also the essence of where things tend and also how we can do better, how we can improve the situation.”
“…we are looking at how we do at the same time that we focus on the humanitarian side we put much more emphasis on long term development working with the government which has a very strategic direction and we support that direction.”