Tigray Region Sesame Business Network (SBN) stakeholders annual workshop was conducted at Setit Humera town on the 31st of December 2016. The workshop was conducted with the objective of: highlighting the 2016 major results of the scaling out activities; discussing on the major challenges on the sesame value chain and creating platform for the stakeholders.
The workshop was opened by Mr. Tesfay Ye-Ebyo, western Tigray zone agriculture coordinator. In his speech, Mr Tesfaye appreciated the important role that Benefit-SBN has been playing to improve the productivity and quality of sesame. He also valued the close collaboration between Bureau of Agriculture at different levels and the project in implementing the sesame rolling out activities.
Following Mr. Tesfaye’s opening remark, reports of sesame technology scaling out were presented by the focal persons. In the presentations, presenters gave attention to major achievements, challenges and way forwards of the six woredas.
Subsequent, presentations were made on the result of marginal rate of yield and return experiment on 20 Steps sesame production, 2016 overall activities of Benefit-SBN, sesame and other rotation crops technology generation endeavor, economic logbook rolling-out and access to finance to primary cooperatives, sesame marketing outlook of 2015/2016, kebele rolling out strategy. Model farmers (male, women and youth) reflected their experience on the scaling out activities and sesame marketing. What is more, participants discussed on mechanisation, value addition, finance, rotation crops.
Reflections and discussions were made on major challenges in the SBN such as finance, limited value addition on sesame and other rotation crops, market linkage and fluctuation, failure to strictly follow the the rolling out strategy; limited adoption of the 20 Steps sesame production technologies, farmers low level of awareness in mechanisation and agricultural inputs, variation of data from kebele to kebele like yield of 20 Steps etc.
A woman demonstrated different kinds of dishes/recipes of different foods that she cooked using mung and soy bean. She produced more than 12 types of dishes from soybean and six types from mung bean. Some of the food items that the women showed are: milk, bread, shiro (a common Ethiopian food which is like stew), different kinds of snacks etc. Kuru malt nonalcoholic soft drink brewed from sorghum was also promoted during the workshop.
In his concluding remark, Dr. Geremew Terefe, Benefit-SBN manager, remind participants to take the most important issues presented and discussed in the workshop and work very hard to improve the sesame sector.
About 160 participants attended the workshop. Participants were drawn from agricultural research institution and centers, woreda and zonal agriculture offices, administration, cooperative promotion agency, Tigray agricultural marketing promotion agency, model farmers( women, male household headed and youth), Ethiopian Commodity Exchange, unions, farmers primary cooperatives, unions, private companies, Agricultural Transformation Agency, sister projects, banks, microfinances (Adeday and Dedebit), saving and credit cooperatives, women associations, investor farmers, insurance companies, traders, media, and etc.