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Haikota: Direct consumer-producer interaction leading to price reduction

Vegetable farmers along the banks of Gash River in Haikota sub-zone are supplying products to the market at fair price to which members of the public expressed satisfaction.

Haikota, 22 March 2011 – Vegetable farmers along the banks of Gash River in Haikota sub-zone are supplying products to the market at fair price to which members of the public expressed satisfaction.

The inhabitants explained that previously the price of agricultural products was quite high due to the interference of businessmen. At present, however, significant reduction of price in various products is being witnessed thanks to the conducive ground created for direct consumer-producer interaction, they added.

The vegetable farmers on their part stated that such a market center serves for the mutual benefit of farmers and the general public.

Likewise, the chairman of vegetables farming association in the sub-zone, Mr. Michael Zerizgi, pointed out that market that did not benefit farmers and consumers used to prevail due to the negative intervention of businessmen.

The head of the Agriculture Ministry’s branch in the sub-zone, Mr. Yonas Yosef, explained that about 1,850 hectares is being put under cultivation by a total of 126 farmers which are making vital contribution in stabilizing the local market. He further indicated that over 180 hectares of taff that was put under cultivation for experimental purpose have yielded about 8 quintals. Over 900 hectares of vegetables and 270 hectares of fruits have also been cultivated and are in a promising stage.

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