Ethiopia’s current wheat production is beyond the expectations of many. A country as big as Ethiopia; a country with large fertile lands as Ethiopia; a country with more than 80% of its population dependent on farming; a country with more than 110 million people of which around 65% are less than 30 years of age should have been self sufficient when it comes to the production of wheat and other agricultural products. Poor policies, bad governance, absence of sustainable peace, intermittent drought are among the reasons for the low productivity so far.
That is no more the case as
Ethiopia has now reshaped its policies and got determined to be among the top wheat
producers in Africa and the world. According
to the US Department of Agriculture, ‘Wheat production in Ethiopia for
2022/23 is projected at a record level of 5.7 million Metric Tons while corn
forecasted to 10.2 million Metric Tons.’ About 600,000 additional hectares of
wheat planted in 2022 alone, according to Bloomberg.
This is praiseworthy and worth celebrating.
This is a great achievement for
Ethiopia and highly commendable. We say well done to Ethiopia for great wheat
production in every corner of the country. It is believed that there will be
enough wheat firstly for Ethiopia; then for export. This is one of the most important
policies any government should have. Be self-sufficient!
As Ethiopia takes the lead, it is
hoped that other African countries follow
the suit and strive to be self sufficient. This is something to take seriously
and duplicate in every corner of the continent.
In the meantime we say Keep going
Ethiopia! Rise up fellow Africans. Time
to work together and shape our own destinies.