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Encouraging research activities for a better tomorrow

A better tomorrow where a better living standard of people is realized is an all-time strategic plan towards which Eritrea is relentlessly working for. A better tomorrow where nationals enjoy fruits of their hard work, a better tomorrow where individuals, communities and largely the entire nation could at ease find basic necessities. A better tomorrow where everybody feels delighted with abundance and surplus of everything. A better tomorrow where one stops thinking about daily bread but rather a better tomorrow where everybody wakes up with creative ideas that are aimed at bringing technological breakthroughs that could help everybody to live improved life style.

Above all a better tomorrow where everybody gets plenty of food and drinks. Once food security is realized in its utmost level, there would be nothing that could remain unachieved.  It is in this view point that efforts have been exerted by Eritrea’s agricultural research centers so as to reproduce select seeds that could play significant role in increasing agricultural production of the country.

There are different research centers that have been working to identify more select seeds that could be given to farmers and thereby to make due contribution in the endeavors that have been exerted towards achieving food security. Hamelmalo Agricultural College trains youth in various specialties that are related to agriculture. Parallel to training the youth, this agricultural college also conducts researches and makes experiments in the agricultural fields within the college’s vicinity.

Researches that have been conducted by the agricultural college are of course very limited and are mostly confined to educational purposes. This being the fact, a number of students who have been graduated from this college have become members of different researching groups that have been working in different parts of Eritrea.

Graduates in the field of agriculture have also become members of Halhale National Agricultural Research Center which is the country’s leading research center in different agricultural sectors. The more such research center works towards identifying and reproducing select seeds, there is no doubt that Eritrean farmers would exert utmost effort in implementing work directives given to them by agricultural experts. The research activities coupled with the unrelenting efforts that have been exerted by individual farmers or by different farmers associations would bring an encouraging outcome not only in increasing agricultural product but also the transfer of agricultural technology and in the introduction of advanced farm practice everywhere in the country.

What has so far been achieved in agricultural regard is very encouraging but is not satisfactory though. The hard working nature of Eritrean factors is indeed the most important factor which could make a difference in realizing the multifaceted endeavors that have been made in the agriculture sector.

Involvement of farmers and encouragement of agricultural experts as well as infrastructural development particularly in the field of agriculture have started to make a difference in boosting agricultural yield of different types.

It has recently been reported that Halhale National Agricultural Research Center has been exerting stepped up efforts to reproduce more select seeds that are resistant to disease and that are more yielding.

According to Mr. Eyasu Gebretatios, Director General of Halhale National Agricultural Research Center, more advanced infrastructural inputs coupled with other agricultural facilities would help in solving deficits of select seeds of different types and species. He expressed conviction that the research project would in particular solve the prevailing scarcity in supply of potato, banana and date seeds.

Another member of the research center, Mr. Mussie Fikadu, head of bio-technology and, who is in charge of following up of the ongoing activities, indicated that the researching activities and experiments that are aimed at identifying select seeds that could give abundant yield is almost at its final stage and that stepped up efforts are being expected to reproduce highly disease resistant seeds of different types and species within in the coming 6 months.

Apart from its head office in Halhale the National Agricultural Research Center has branches in Sheib, Goluj as well as Shambuko. Established in 1994, this very research center carries out research activities in connection with crop development, natural resource management, livestock development, animal and plant gene banking, as well as agricultural engineering.

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