ETHIOPIA - The Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) yesterday inaugurated the National Agricultural Biotechnology Research Centre in Holeta Town.
Inaugurating the centre, Dr. Kasu Yilala, adviser for policy research to the Prime Minister with a ministerial portfolio said applying biotechnology researches for the agriculture sector must be done with sense of urgency.
Kasu added research must be conducted to come up with outcomes that are tangible and with immediate impact to the society in general and the farming community in particular.
EIAR Director General Dr. Fentahun Mengstu for his part said that the centre will play a pivotal role in conducting research effectively and efficiently among others.
Noting the significance of the adaptation of such timely technologies than sticking to the conventional ways of carrying out research, Dr. Fentahun said the centre will contribute a lot in introducing various crop varieties that boost production and productivity.
National Agricultural Biotechnology Research Centre (NABRC) Director Dr. Melaku Alemu also said the centre focuses on three major research activities: plant, animal and microbial biotechnology. The centre, he added, will come up with disease-resistant crop varieties , among others, which it will distribute to farmers.
Nevertheless, it was pointed out that lack of skilled human power in the sector among others, is the challenge facing the sector.
November 30, 2015; http://allafrica.com/stories/201511302513.html