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Monday, April 10, 2006

Research Institute Develops 12 New, Improved Seed Varieties

Walta -- The Oromia Agricultural Research Institute disclosed that it has developed 12 new and improved varieties of seeds.

Crops Research Director with the Institute, Dr. Amsalu Ayana, told WIC yesterday that the institute develops different varieties of seeds every year and added that currently it has submitted 23 new and improved varieties of seeds to the National Seeds Certification Committee out of which 12 are now approved.

The new and improved varieties were developed in Bako and Sinana agricultural research centers.The improved varieties of millet, teff, potato, sweet potato, tomato and wheat produce 10 percent more yield than the old ones, while the varieties of fenugreek, black cumin and dinbilal are new.

According to Dr. Amsalu, the institute has been contributing its share in improving productivity by organizing field visit, establishing extension sections in research centers and demonstration centers on plots of farmers.

He added that training have also been offered to 40 farmers drawn from Oromia, SNNP and Tigray states.The director urged governmental and non-governmental organizations to multiply the new varieties and dispatch them to farmers in time.

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