Tigray regional level stakeholders discuss on the strategic challenges of the sesame sub-sector

Tigray Agricultural Research Institute (TARI) in collaboration with Benefit-SBN organised a thematic meeting for Tigray regional level sesame sub-sector stakeholders on the 14th of December 2019 at Wukro, Tigray region. In attendance were regional level bureau heads/directors, deputies, consultants of the regional government, financial institutions etc.

Participants discussed on the major challenges, in particular, seed and agro-inputs, mechanisation, investor farmers performance and input finance. The experience and challenges on bottom up planning- kebele agro-economic planning and marketing credit through risk sharing modalities were also shared and discussed during the meeting.

Representative from Kaza Capital Goods Lease Financing Company pointed out that sesame cooperatives can benefit from Kaza’s lease financing service. The company allocated 20% of its finance to agriculture and therefore strong and competent cooperatives can apply and benefit from this service.

TARI through Humera Agricultural Research Center (HuARC) will take the seed issue and work to address the shortage of quality seed of sesame and rotation crops. It was also suggested that Mekelle University need to be engaged on improving the seed challenges.

Participants believe that there should be reforms and policy changes in different areas. They suggested that concerned government bodies need to enforce the existing laws on commercial farmers land use and improving the laws; improving financial institutions collateral systems. It also was suggested to use farmers land certificates as a collateral, and improve loan duration and interest rate.