In February 2015, the Oromia Region Livestock and Irrigation Value Chains for Ethiopian Smallholders (LIVES) project implementation committee carried out a field visit in West Shoa zone. The objective of the visit was to gain better insight of what’s on the ground so that feasible activities can be planned for the following project year.
This story is about a couple, Bizunesh Abu (30) and Wendu Gutema (40), living in Mojo town, Oromia who started dairy farming and fattening of bulls calves after attending a short-term training on business entrepreneurship.
Traditional is not synonymous to backward. Traditional ways of agricultural production and processing may have to be modernized through introduction of modern technologies. Yet, modern technologies need to beat the traditional ones to be adopted. A technology in point is the age-old traditional butter churn in Ethiopia.
The Oromia Agricultural Research Institute (OARI) inaugurated its new headquarters on 8 February 2015. The building houses a food science laboratory, conference centre, library, training rooms and several offices. High-level government officials including Muktar Kedir, the Oromia regional president, state ministers and directors of federal and regional research institutes attended the event. About 500 guests including researchers, development practitioners, NGOs staff, farmers and extension professionals attended the inauguration ceremony.
A team of LIVES project staff, livestock development, health and administration officials from Dedo, Kersa and Seka Chekorsa districts and Jimma zone administrators designed and implemented a hormone assisted oestrous synchronization and mass artificial insemination (OSMAI) project from October – November 2014 in the three districts.
Livestock and Irrigation Value chains for Ethiopian Smallholders (LIVES) project is working across the dairy value chain in Ethiopia – from milk production, input/service provision and milk processing/marketing to dairy waste management. Through its dairy waste management interventions, the project plans to contribute to rural electrification by introducing alternative energy sources. The project has introduced a new biogas package which includes a biogas electric generator, biogas pumps/compressors, biogas storage bag and above-ground plastic digesters.
In Dugda District of Oromia Region’s East Shoa Zone, Teklemariam Simie, a 79 year-old farmer is engaging in what may be considered an emerging version of multifunctional agriculture.