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Irish Experts in Eritrea for Pioneering Dairy and Potato Programmes

Bumper harvest in Eritrea. Photo Credit: Ambassador Estifanos

By Teagasc

A senior delegation led by Irish NGO Vita and including Teagasc and Gorta/SHA is travelling to Eritrea at the weekend to build on the partnership between these agencies and the Eritrean Government. They will be evaluating the impact of a model dairy programme and a model potato programme set up last year.

The delegation includes the Director of Teagasc, Professor Gerry Boyle, with Dr. Lance O’Brien, Teagasc’s Head of Foresight and Strategy, alongside Gorta/Self Help Africa CEO Ray Jordan, as well as Vita Chairman Séamus Crosse and CEO John Weakliam.

The group will visit the dairy and potato farmers to evaluate the pilot programmes, which were set up in partnership with the Eritrean Ministry of Agriculture. The pioneering dairy pilot has 20 model farmers, and early results are already showing a doubling of the milk yield.

The potato pilot programme, which has 25 model farmers, has evolved out of the Irish Potato Coalition. This was set up by the agencies above as well as the Irish Potato Federation and Irish Potato Marketing (IPM). It is a research led programme that supports farmers as they develop every aspect of the production and value chain - from establishing co-ops to improving seed stock, market research, pest and disease control.

“A world class seed potato, Electra, which was specifically bred by Teagasc has arrived and has been tested,” explains Gerry Boyle. “This potato variety can more than double the yield of the current local variety. This pilot programme is expected to drive a national potato programme that will realise the potential of thousands of Eritrean potato farmers.”

Vita has worked in partnership with the Eritrean Government, Irish Aid and the European Union for the past twelve years and has invested in over 45,000 improved cookstoves as well as drip irrigation schemes, dams and water collection points. There has also been tree planting programmes to help prevent soil erosion and provide renewable energy in a country that is paying a particularly heavy price for climate change.

“I am very optimistic about the partnership with the Eritrean Government – I feel that working together will have great impact on Eritrean farm families,” said Gerry Boyle. “The Irish agriculture experience is rich in lessons learnt and successes won, and has evolved to meet so many challenges. Teagasc is the principal in research driven innovation and improvements in Ireland. We know that an integrated system is the best means of managing improvements, and this includes sound research, education and training, and a solid infrastructure to facilitate quality extension work.“

Séamus Crosse also understands the necessity of a fully integrated approach, and the partnerships required to deliver success. “Teagasc bring so much to the table, as do the Irish Potato Federation. Their expertise, from large scale growth and production to value added products and market management, locks in the commercial elements into the programme. But ultimately this programme will succeed because the local farmers, and the Eritrean Government, are ambitious for success.”
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13 comments:

  1. So you have been begging the irish / Eu and call woyane beggars? What shameless idiots!!!! Now you will add potato to your daily peanut (fool) meal....congra.

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  2. great... more G.M.O crap

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  3. Agame... this is a partnership/joint investment... a project... not a handout... and dude.. get the f^%# out of this EXCLUSIVE ERITREAN WEBSITE !!

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  4. Shameless!!!!joint investment...the irish /Eu are going to share the produce of the iinvestment?you are a dum..

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  5. yes ... a joint investment on humanity, working together on innovative techniques that will bring continuous success to the agro/industrial sector and the self reliance program, ...not a daily food handout.. you retard Agames are known for, so get your dumb asss out of MADOTE !!!

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  6. At least we benefit from our land no matter who gets involved in production, how about you the write full owners of the land got kicked out from their villages subsequently out of the country and their land leased for $7 Acre to Arabs,Indians,Pakistan including many individuals and USA university. You may be able to witness crops as far as eye can see, but you would not get a gram of the grain.

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  7. This is a joint investment/partnership venture you born to beg komal agame but eritrea is can do country eritrea never begs like you and never kneel down for your masters

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  8. Tedros GhebrewoldiApril 18, 2015 at 1:05 AM

    Bejakatkum nezom abti topic nekeynezareb kone elom bahdeyebel melash dehebu nay weyane luekat aynegedeselom .

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  9. ኣሌክ - Alec youApril 18, 2015 at 12:08 PM

    B/c of begging ur whole life u can't see the difference between begging and investment/partnership venture. qomal Agame.

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  10. ኣሌክ - Alec youApril 18, 2015 at 12:11 PM

    U are right bro.

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  11. ኣሌክ - Alec youApril 18, 2015 at 12:15 PM

    Good job Erey....keep u the good work.

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  12. KEEP ON CHEATING YOURSELF; THE ONLY NATION THE WHOLE WORLD WAS TIRED OF BEGGING WAS ERITREA. NOW THERE IS NO NATION THAT WILL GIVE YOU HANDOUTS BEACUSE YOU TALK NONSENCE,AND THEY ARE WAITING FOR YOUR DEMISE.

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  13. AHHHHHHHHHH! you made me laugh...

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