Posted By in Agri-Skills Platform
Posted 17 December 2018 at 05:41

SPCC visit to Jeldu Cooperative, producer of improved potato seed.

Jeldu is a place where potato seed tuber is one of the cash crops. Jeldu is located at 72km to the east of Ambo (Zonal town) and 115 km west of Addis Ababa, in this area there is a large number of people who are engaged in agricultural practice most of them are potato producers. The district is characterized by its mountain, plateau, and hills and has three types of soil such as nitosol, veritisol and sandysol. During our visit we got the chance to meet five farmer cooperatives From those cooperatives three of them are multipurpose cooperatives which facilitate; fertilizer, seed and other agricultural inputs for their members of the cooperatives during the on and off agri- season .

Farmers in this area face problems in input and market system when the input supply for agricultural production is absent or low, the productivity will decrease. At the same time, if the production and marketing system is inefficient, high production and marketing costs will render products uncompetitive. Jeldu area has been experiencing all the above mentioned problems starting from input supply to the final consumption of potato seed tuber. That is why cooperatives expressed the need for support from research centers and experts.