Gondar Agricultural Research Center (GARC) in collaboration with the Sesame Business Network (SBN) Support Programme organised a field day in Metema woreda, North Gondar zone on the 14th of September 2013.
About 91 participants including farmers, investor farmers, woreda and zone administrators, woreda and zone agriculture office, researchers, technical assistants, and other stakeholders in the sesame sector in North Gondar Zone participated in the field visit.
The overall objective of the field day was to show participants the progress of research activities that has been undertaken by GARC with the support of the SBN support programme so that they could learn and apply some new agricultural technologies.
Among the major activities that participants of the field day visited, the experiments undertaken on the use and rate of fertiliser, seed variety trail, seed multiplication and local seed variety selection for sesame are the main ones.
Participants have got the chance to visit four different research sites out of which three are demonstration sites in the farmers plot.
During the field visit Dr. Geremew Terefe, SBN Support Programme national coordinator and Dr. Abreham Abuyu director of Gondar Agricultural Research Center (GARC) gave brief descriptions about the importance of the field day to show available agricultural technologies which could help improve the production and productivity of sesame.
In the brief meeting held at the end of the field visit, participants expressed their excitement by what they have seen in the sites. They especially appreciated the differences that they have observed in the sesame seed varieties and uses of fertilisers.
The field day was led by Alemayehu Kassa, researcher at GARC and coordinator of Sesame Business Cluster Coaches at Metema/Amhara region and Tsedalu Jemberu, crop directorate at GARC.