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“YeLemat Trufat” dev’t program creating enthusiasm, motivation among farmers & pastoralists

Addis Ababa, April 22, 2024 (FBC) – The ‘Bounty of the Basket’ (Ye Lemat Trufat) program, which is under implementation in Ethiopia to help the nation ensure food security, has been creating great interest and motivation among the farmers and pastoralists in the country, Deputy Prime Minister Temesgen Tiruneh remarked.

The Deputy Prime Minister made the remark at a meeting opened today in Hawassa town of Sidama Regional State to evaluate the performance of the national development program that was launched in November 2022 by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

With the main focus on nutritional opulence, the development campaign aims to boost productivity of dairy, eggs, chicken, and honey and related products as well as intensify efforts to achieve food self-sufficiency and ensure nutritional opulence at family and national levels.

Temesgen said at the meeting that the main objective of “YeLemat Trufat” development program is ensuring food sovereignty.

According to him, since the program was launched it has been able to create interest and motivation among farmers and pastoralist in enhancing their productivity.

He indicated that the government has given special attention to the agricultural sector with a view to ensuring food self-sufficiency of the nation.

In this regard, he mentioned that ”Yelemat Trufat” program aims to increase production at national level and stabilize the market, enhance foreign trade, substitute imported agricultural products and create job opportunities.

The Deputy PM has also stressed the need to have intensive public engagement in order to bring a much more success in implementing the program with the required quantity and quality.

Agriculture Minister Girma Amente on his part said through this scheme several results have been registered, indicating the thousands of ‘‘Yelemat Trufat Villages” that were created across the country. ENA reported that Chief Administrators of Regional States, Mayor of city administrations, Ministers and officials from the Agriculture sector are in attendance at the meeting.

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