Date Posted: August 6th, 2012
High in protein, iron, and fibre, tef is a tiny grain that serves as a nutritional powerhouse in Ethiopia. This traditional crop accounts for about one-quarter of grain production in the country. A new Farm Radio International program will help Ethiopian farmers boost production of this vital crop.
The Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (an agency of the Ethiopian government) has tested new farming practices that can increase tef yields by 50-100%. These practices include innovative planting techniques, new blends of fertilizers, and the use of a variety of seeds. Farm Radio International is working with local radio stations to share this knowledge with and among farmers. An estimated 300,000 farmers will receive this information over the airwaves.