Addis Ababa August 04/2017 The Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) has released forty eight new drought and pest resistant varieties of crops in the just-ended budget year.
Briefing journalists today, EIAR Deputy Director-General Dr. Diriba Geleti said the crops would be help to ensure food security and realize the efforts to earn foreign currency as well as inputs to agro-industry.
He added that the newly released crops would increase yield from 10 to 20 percent.
Out of the forty eight crops, the date palm and Palmyra palm are two species released for the first time, Dr. Diriba stated.
The Institute has been carrying out researches to make farmers, pastoral and semi-pastoral communities benefit from technology and information through demonstrations and by primarily introducing extension.
EIAR, in collaboration with regional research institutes, has been carrying out various efforts to introduce environmental friendly technologies, it was learned.
In terms of improving seeds outreach, it has distributed more than 9434kg different varieties of crops to Tendaho, Kuraz and Beles sugar farms as well as in pastoralist areas in South Omo and Afar.