19 February 1999

Ethiopia Inaugurates Chicken Slaughtery and Vegetable Farm

Addis Ababa — Genesis Farms Ethiopia Private Limited inaugurated its recently completed Chicken Slaughtery and Vegetable Farm at Debre Zeit last Saturday, the 13th.

Initially established as the NGO "Double Harvest" almost ten years ago, Genesis Farms Ethiopia was set up with the principle that with the right inputs and methods harvests can be doubled.

The NGO "Double Harvest" remained, as an organization of Dutch and American Christian agro-businessmen in the Netherlands and the USA who are determined to show that the success of a double harvest is possible also in Ethiopia. And about 8 years ago it had started rearing chickens starting with 1000 chickens then 3000, till now raising 12,000 chickens at a time.

The Genesis Farms Ethiopia is now a commercial company, partially owned by "Double Harvest", that has set up the Chicken Slaughtery and Vegetable Garden in Collaboration with ALEMA Feed Processing and Poultry Farm. ALEMA is owned by Ethiopian agro-businessmen Ato Alemayehu A/Marian and Ato Lemma Asfaw.

The NGO "Double Harvest" has made an investment of 1.5 million Birr in Genesis Farms Ethiopia out of which 1 Million Birr has gone into Chicken Slaughtery, with a capacity of 5,000 chickens a day. The Slaughtery has been described as ultra-modern yet low tech.

The Royal Netherlands Embassy, which has provided this press statement, also made a modest contribution of 50,000 Birr for a Solar Water Heater in the form of a small Embassy Project.

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