India to help Ethiopia boost agricultural output

December 14th, 2011 - 3:33 pm ICT by IANS  

Addis Ababa, Dec 14 (IANS) A premier Indian agricultural research institute has tied up with an Ethiopian institute to help it increase the country’s agricultural output.

The Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) and the Indian Agricultural Research Institutes (IARI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to carry out agricultural research that would help upgrade capacity of agricultural outputs in Ethiopia.

The agreement is expected to boost the production capacity and quality of agricultural output in the East African nation.

IARI is India’s premier national Institute for agricultural research and education. It was responsible for research leading to India’s “Green revolution” in the 1970s.

Ethiopia’s Agriculture State Minister Wondyerad Mandefro said the MoU will help enhance the bilateral relation between the two countries.

He added that the two institutes will get a chance to undertake joint agricultural research that would help in increasing production.

Indian Ambassador to Ethiopia Bhagwant Bishnoi said the MoU would further consolidate the relation of the two countries. He said India is interested to share its agricultural experience to Ethiopia.

The agreement would also enable India to undertake research on meat and dairy development in Ethiopia.

In addition to conducting research, EIAR is charged with the responsibility for providing the overall coordination of agricultural research countrywide, and advising the government on agricultural research policy formulation. Currently, the EIAR has 55 research centres.

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