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Stakeholders urged to join hands to boost productivity of Ethiopia’s agricultural sector

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Addis Ababa, May 25, 2019 (FBC) –Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen has called on stakeholders to work together to modernize and boost the productivity of Ethiopia’s agricultural sector.

The Deputy Premier made the remark at a consultative forum being held in Adama city, Oromia regional state, under the theme “The Role of the Leadership for Agricultural Transformation.”

As agriculture is the backbone of Ethiopia’s economy, more effort is expected from the leadership to modernize and enhance its productivity, he told the participants.

Leadership in the agricultural sectors need to work together towards extricating the country from its reliance on rainfed agriculture by contributing share for the expansion of irrigation system, Demeke said.

Minister of Agriculture, Oumer Hussien, for his part stated that Ethiopia’s dependence on rainfed agriculture pushed 18 million people to rely on Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP).

The two-day event attracted more than 1,500 leadership and stakolders from federal and regional states.