BY MISGANAW ASNAKE
ADDIS ABABA– The Ministry of Agriculture National Livestock and Fishery Sector Development Project Coordinator Thomas Chernet(Ph.D) said some145,000 households are organized and directly working in livestock and fishery related work activities over the nation.
He further said that the project is decentralized to be expanded in various areas various localities of the nation and a loan amounting to 170 million USD has been secured from World Bank and other bodies for the implementation of the six years project, which is going to be implemented in 58 woredas and 1,755 kebele administrations across the nation.
The first component is linking productive farmers to market by which they would be organized and foster the transformation, the second strengthening institutions and programs in the ministry. At present, strengthening fishery, poultry and animal health through the respective directorate is being carried out. The third one is administrating knowledge management, some 122 cars and 246 motor bikes have been distributed across the nation for development agents accordingly, he stated.
“With the level one, we hold CIG (common interest Group) which is organized in four value chain fishery, poultry, dairy and red meat. Now in the middle of project, as we have already organized 7,619 people, 145,000 households are engaging in and 1.2 million CIG members under the project,” he noted.
In due course of categorizing groups as such criteria set by World Bank, Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Finance are applied and some 30 women, 20 youth and 50 percent subsistence farmers are incorporated, he cited.
“We want to create cooperatives, after this fiscal year, as the CIG would transform into cooperative forming four or five finally cooperatives would be supported by the project. We don’t give money for cooperatives but provide them with material and construction instruments for their work.”
The project targets at supporting the organized farmers with technical backup, training and capacity building with regard to aquaculture, capture and cage culture farming in lakes, rivers as well as manmade pond, and the project started in the end of 2018 and lasts in 2024, he stated.
The project is going to be implemented in all states mainly in Amhara, Oromia, SNNP, Tigray, Benishangul-Gumuz, and Gambella, according Thomas.