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Monday, May 29, 2006

Activities Underway to Improve Fodder Provision

Ethiopia Herald -- Various activities are in progress in a bid to improve provision of animal fodder and animal products in Benshangul-Gumuz State, the state Agriculture Bureau said.

An expert with the bureau, Adamu Teferi, told WIC Friday that 156 hectares of land was covered with various animal fodder seeds with a view to scaling up the produces farmers get from their livestock this harvest season.

He added that 5,419 kilograms of improved fodder seed and 3,200 fodder seedlings were distributed to farmers.

Some 2,000 farmers have participated in fodder development this fiscal year as they have become aware of the benefits of fodder, the expert said, adding that the number of beneficiary farmers has therefore exceeded that of last year by 900.

Adamu also said that series of awareness raising training are being offered to the farmers since the 447 hectares of land, which is the main source of animal fodder, is getting depleted.

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GM Food: Who Will Benefit?
The main beneficiaries of GM will be the large agribusiness companies which promote it. GM food has not been found to be more nutritious or better tasting, and it seems unlikely that it will help assuage global hunger. Research and development has focused on commodity crops for animal feed and processed foods such as soya and maize, designed for intensive farming systems used by farmers in the west. Technologies such as the “terminator seed” which are engineered to respond to particular fertilizers patented by companies and do not produce fertile seeds (ending the ancient practice of saving seeds for replanting) threaten the autonomy of small farmers by forcing them to spend more money on seeds and pushing them into debt. FoE groups maintain that the question of hunger is not question of production capacity: producers today battle surpluses so great they receive subsidies not to produce at capacity and still have silos full of product leftover to rot. The question is one of economics and political will, something GMOs cannot change.
Source: Friends of Earth

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