North Gondar zone celebrated the first sesame day on April 17, 2015 at the historical town of Gondar with the objective of: improving productivity and quality of sesame, encouraging investors to start processing industries and creating job opportunities, making people invest on the sesame business, supporting investor farmers to engage in post-harvest value addition activities and making Ethiopia competitive in the sesame business,.
The sesame day, which was celebrated with the expression “sesame: our white gold”, was organised by North Gondar Zone Trade and Transport in collaboration with the Zone Administration Offices.
Over 300 stakeholders of the sesame sector such as producers, farmers’ cooperative unions, traders, governmental and non-governmental organisations, exporters, input dealers, and officials from the zone, regional and federal government attended the celebrations.
Mr.Gedu Andargachew, president of the Amhara National Regional state, stated that the north Gondar zone sesame producing area is suitable for irrigation. He said; “We need to try to produce sesame two or three times per year through an irrigation system.” He added; “The regional government will support all the endeavours which have been made by all the stakeholders, authorities and professionals to improve the production and marketing of sesame.”
During the celebration of the sesame day, sesame and other products of North Gondar zone were displayed and viewed by the participants, paper presentations concerning sesame production and marketing were made, different bodies who have been doing outstanding work in the sesame sector were awarded.
Dr. Geremew Terefe, SBN Support Programme national coordinator, and Tewodros Tesfay, sesame business cluster coach coordinator and researcher at Gondar Agricultural Research Center, presented papers on “Sesame Value Chain and Agro-Processing” and “Improved Sesame Production Technologies Package” respectively.
During the celebration it was mentioned that the event day helped to encourage stakeholders to give more attention to the sesame production, marketing and value addition activities so that the country can get better foreign currency out of the sector.
Higher officials from the federal and regional government including Mr. Tefera Derebew, Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development and Mr. Kebede Chane, Minister for Ministry of Trade attended the sesame day.