200 cotton farmers in Ethiopia are the first EVER in the country to gain organic certification!

The project, funded by TRAID and supported by Pesticide Action Network (PAN)-UK and delivered in-country by PAN Ethiopia, will enable farmers to grow pesticide-free cotton and will open doors to more farmers becoming accredited. The project trains ‘lead’ farmers, who then provide support to 10 ‘follower’ farmers in their area. Farmers are trained in soil and water health, ecological pest management principles and learning to grow other crops alongside cotton.

200 cotton farmers in Ethiopia are the first EVER in the country to gain organic certification! The project, funded by TRAID and supported by Pesticide Action Network (PAN)-UK and delivered in-country by PAN Ethiopia, will enable farmers to grow pesticide-free cotton and will open doors to more farmers becoming accredited.

 

The project trains ‘lead’ farmers, who then provide support to 10 ‘follower’ farmers in their area. Farmers are trained in soil and water health, ecological pest management principles and learning to grow other crops alongside cotton. Farmers in the project also use natural pesticides – a homemade food spray – which are made from local ingredients like ground neem seeds. It is used to attract ‘good’ insects to their fields which eat the pests which threaten their crops.

Ethiopian farmers now report that for the first time after years of pesticide use, buzzing bees are returning to their fields, which also means they can increase their incomes by keeping hives and selling honey. During the first five months of the current Ethiopian fiscal year, $143 million was obtained from the export of 128,399 tons of oilseeds.

 

The Ministry of Trade said the revenue exceeded projections by 11.2%, thanks to the increase in price of sesame in the global market, and a strong monitoring and support mechanism from the ministry. The revenue gained and the amount exceeded by 31.72% and 27.92% respectively those of the same period the previous year.

 

SOURCE: ETHIOPIAN EMBASSY UK