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Ethiopia looks to India to modernise agriculture

Published: 17-OCT-06

Addis Ababa – Ethiopia and India might soon grow ties by taking a look at the soil after India was said to be considering providing technical advice to the boost the East African country’s agriculture production.

The proposal, prepared by the Ethiopian department of agricultural research and education, would see four Indian experts studying salinity and providing technical advice to agriculturalists.

Agriculture trade between the two was currently skewed in favour of India. In 2004/05 India exported $5.79mn, while only importing $2.34mn back from Ethiopia according to Ethiopian minister of state for agriculture, Kanti Lal Bhuria.

Ethiopia has been desperately trying to capitalise on its favourable climate and soil conditions by modernising to boost agriculture production. However, the country has struggled to deal with the mechanical and skills backlog that would allow it to ‘frog-leap’ the development that took developed countries decades to achieve. -Business in Africa Online

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