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Sesame row planter demonstration in Northwest Ethiopia

Gondar and Humera Agricultural Research Centers (GARC and HuARC), in collaboration with Benefit- SBN and ATA, demonstrated sesame row planter in some commercial sesame farmers’ fields in Northwest Ethiopia.

A total of 208 (150 hectares in Amhara and 58 hectares in Tigray regions) were row planted using the Sffogea mechanical seed driller, which has been tested for the last three years and found promising in sesame row planting.

The mechanical seed driller is found to be reliable, with high-efficiency in seed drilling and the technology is accessible to medium and large-sized farms. It could also be a good business model for individuals or companies or unions with entrepreneur’ mindset.

After seeing the demonstrations, some commercial farmers have showed interest to purchase this seed driller.

To show the performance of the row planter further field dayes will be organised to show the row planted fields to commercial farmers, agricultural professionals and other stakeholders and partners.

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By Sesame Business Network, Gondar-Ethiopia