A public field day was conducted on April 20th 2018 at four onion and potato on-farm demonstration trials in Koga irrigation command area, North Mecha district. A total of 127 participants converged at the selected farms in Chehona, Ambomesk, Enguti and Tagel. The discussion centred on the performance of the trials, at 45 days after planting.
AgroBIG works hard to ensure a better balance in the participation of women and men, as well as a more equal distribution amongst women and men of the (future) benefits of Programme interventions.
Ms Endalsh Worke is 29 years old and resides in Merawi town, Mecha North. Having dropped out of school in the 9th grade, she has since established and run her own potato business.
For the past 11 years, Endalsh has supplied potato seed to smallholder farmers in the area, and in turn, purchased their harvest to re-sell on the market. The success of this business has enabled her and her five family members to enjoy increased financial security and material prosperity.
AgroBIG continues to work in Koga irrigation command area in North Mecha, addressing challenges related to soil fertility management, use of lime and quality seed. The programme has teamed up with Koga Irrigation Project (KIP) agronomists to establish 18 on-farm potato and onion trials in the area.
AgroBIG has invested in creating strong market linkages between buyers and sellers, which benefit cooperatives and their members. This January, the programme supported two market forums in Amhara region. Producers and traders met to explore new market linkages, and exchange views on how to address supply chain bottlenecks.
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The Programme for Agro-Business Induced Growth in Amhara regional state (AgroBIG) is a bilateral agribusiness development programme financed by the Ethiopian and Finnish governments.
The Bureau of Finance and Economic Cooperation (BoFEC) of Amhara region is the responsible government coordinating agency of the Programme.