ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua) – The Chinese Academy of Agriculture Mechanization Sciences (CAAMS) on Wednesday handed over machineries to Ethiopia for the production of “teff,” Ethiopia’s indigenous crop used for the main food in the East African country.
A hand-over ceremony for the “teff” machineries was held on Wednesday on the premises of the Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa.
To solve difficulties in mechanized planting, harvesting and threshing of teff, CAAMS has developed a series of teff machineries, including planter, harvester, and thresher, said Wang Bo, President of CAAMS.
The initiative was to respond to the demand for teff machines in Ethiopia, and to promote agriculture mechanization cooperation between the Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and CAAMS, which have signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) this year, said Wang.
“Under the framework of the MoU, CAAMS manufactured and transported 18 teff harvesters and threshing machines to Ethiopia by (its) own funds to further test the stability and applicability in 3-5 locations selected by the MoA successfully,” he said.
“In next step, both sides hope to jointly upgrade agricultural, economic and trade cooperation including machine purchasing, assembly factory construction and improvement of agricultural machines services system,” he noted.
Eyasu Abraha Alle, Ethiopian Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources, also commended the Chinese support to Ethiopia’s agriculture transformation.
He reiterated that China has been supporting agriculture development in Ethiopia with Chinese experts for agricultural technical and vocational training (TVET) as well as with agriculture demonstration here in the country.
Alle said the ministry had been looking for different technologies that help mechanization of teff.
Hailing the technology by CAAMS, he noted that Ethiopia is keen to further enhance its cooperation with China on the agriculture transformation.