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LIVES livestock technologies praised at opening of Oromia research institute headquarters

OARI inauguration_Abule Ebro explaining to explaining to the president and other higher officials and participants of the inaugerationexplaining to the president and other higher officials and participants of the inaugeration

OARI headqurter inauguration_Abule Ebro explaining about LIVES project to the Oromia regional president and other higher officials (Photo:ILRI\LIVES)

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.

The ceremony included an exhibition of agricultural research and development work in Ethiopia and Oromia in particular. Research outputs and agricultural technologies in crop, livestock, natural resources, agricultural mechanization, extension and socio-economics developed by OARI research staff were displayed.

OARI inaguration_Azage Tegegne welcoming the regional president and higher officials to the LIVES booth

OARI inaguration_Azage Tegegne welcoming the regional president and higher officials to the LIVES booth (Photo:ILRI\LIVES)

The Livestock and Irrigation Value Chains for Ethiopian Smallholders (LIVES) project was represented by regional and HQ staff  including Abule Ebro, Azage Tegegne and Berhanu Gebremedhin at the event. Abule and Azage highlighted on-going LIVES projects at the federal and regional levels to the regional president and other participants who visited the LIVES booth. Major LIVES project activities showcased at this event included capacity development of staff in Oromia’s research and development organizations through MSc study scholarships, short-term training programs, establishment of regional commodity platforms and agricultural knowledge centres, and the introduction of innovative technologies on livestock and irrigated agriculture to increase the productivity of Oromia’s smallholder farmers.

More than 2,500 publications from LIVES, the Improving the Productivity and Market Success of Ethiopian Farmers (IPMS) project and CGIAR were distributed to participants.

Guests were happy to see and discuss the new technologies LIVES is introducing in Ethiopia. The event also provided a chance for LIVES to network with new partners such as investors and the OARI mechanization research team expressed interest in evaluating and demonstration the livestock technologies used in the LIVES project.

Written by Abule Ebro, LIVES regional coordinator in Oromia.

One thought on “LIVES livestock technologies praised at opening of Oromia research institute headquarters

  1. I have worked as AI technician for eight years and still working. I love this profession and can’t wait to see the calves and find out if its a male or female calf. I read all research paper,discussion manuals prepared by research and development organizations. They are very important materials for AI Technicians!!

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