ETHIOPIAN SUGAR INDUSTRY GROUP PLAYS ITS ROLE IN NATION’S ENDEAVOR TO CROP SELF SUFFICIENCY
• 850 Hectares Land Covered in Factories and Projects
Ethiopian Sugar Industry Group is playing its own role in the effort the country is making to crop self-sufficiency by producing crops on fallow lands of sugar factories and projects, it is disclosed.
This is disclosed by the CEO of the Group, his Excellency Ato Weyo Roba during the field visit held at Wonji Shoa Sugar Factory on September 22, 2022 in which delegates from the Group, Ethiopian Agricultural Business Corporation and Ethiopian Agricultural Research Institute were his entourage.
The delegation members have visited the wheat seed crop grown on 350 hectares of land and ready for harvesting during which the CEO has disclosed to members of the delegation and the media that in total 850 hectares of the land is being cultivated with various crops on some sugar factories and projects.
“The Group unlike before is carrying out crop production like wheat, bung bean, haricot bean and others on fallow lands of selected sugar factories and projects following the directives given by the FDRE Prime Minister on the need to become self-sufficient in crop production and joining the move” the CEO has said. The crop production work is being carried out in a way it doesn’t contradict with sugarcane production and necessary preparations have been made ahead, he further disclosed.
Ato Weyo on the occasion thanked Ethiopian Agricultural Business Corporation and Ethiopian Agricultural Research Center for their role in the Group`s overall crop production endeavor.
Wenji Shoa Sugar Factory`s General Manager Ato Jemal Aman on his part disclosed that the wheat cultivated on the fallow lands of the Factory is special seed crop which is expected to be distributed among the farmers by Ethiopian Agricultural Business Corporation so as to help maximize production and productivity. According to Ato Jemal it is the first time that the factory to co-produce wheat and ample lessons has been learnt from it.
The Ethiopian Agricultural Business Corporation is expected to buy the crop production produced by The Ethiopian Sugar Industry Group and hence the crop development faces no problem with regard to market ties.