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State of the Art Lab to Improve Quality of Ethiopia’s Agricultural Commodities


Té / 20 September 2012

Ethiopia has inaugurated its renovated Crop Testing Laboratory, within the context of the country’s new National Agricultural Products Quality Infrastructure (NAPQI), which seeks to greatly improve the quality and market access of Ethiopian products.

The renovation of the Crop Testing Laboratory will effectively team up researchers to Ethiopian farmers for the common cause of making the country more competitive in the global market by ensuring that locally produced agricultural products meet internationally accepted quality standards.

The renovation process also included training all laboratory technicians and researchers in Total Quality Management and the application of latest standard operating procedures.By the end of the national Growth and Transformation Plan period (2014/15), Ethiopia seeks to generate USD 6.58 billion in revenues from the export of 3.81 million tons of agricultural products.

The initiative has been supported by the Ethiopian Institute for Agricultural Research (EIAR) in close partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA).

UNDP’s engagement in improving Ethiopia’s national laboratories includes successfully supporting the Ministry of Agriculture to set up a testing laboratory for coffee to ensure the quality of one of the country’s major export earners. UNDP’s support, to these initiatives as well as the ATA, falls within a wider engagement in Ethiopia’s Agricultural Growth Programme (AGP), a multi-donor project that seeks to increase the country’s agricultural productivity. UNDP provides the AGP with technical support as well as annual financing of USD 1 million.

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, September 20, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/

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