Addis Ababa July 19, 2022(Walta) – The Ministry of Agriculture said that it is working to cover some 13.4 million hectares of cultivated land with crops in the 2022/2023 crop season.
Briefing journalists, State Minister of Agriculture, Meles Mekonnen said that the ministry has been working to cover 13.4 million hectares of cultivated land in this rainy season, expecting some 400 million quintals of crop production in the 2022/2023 harvest seasons.
Some 6.28 million hectares of land are being prepared with cluster farming to increase production and productivity, he added.
The state minister stated that 55 percent of the total cultivated land (6.6 million hectares) has been covered with seeds so far, he stated.
He noted that as part of efforts to increase the productivity of crops, over 922 thousand quintals of a variety of select seeds have been readied for farmers for the Meher season, of which 664,842 quintals of the seed have been distributed to farmers so far, according to ENA.
Of 15.2 million quintals of fertilizer distributed to farmers’ cooperatives and unions, 8.2 million quintals have already been distributed to farmers, it was indicated.
The government has subsidized 15 billion birr for the purchase of fertilizer, he underscored.
As regards agricultural mechanization, the ministry plans to cultivate 5 million hectares of farmland with tractors this Meher season, he noted.
According to him, some 2.2 million hectares of land have been cultivated with tractors so far, providing over 1000 tractors to farmers this year.