Keren — The Ministry of Agriculture conducted a seminar in Keren city on the 29th of November with a view to setting up a committee that would work for standardization and follow-up of development of select seeds.
Speaking at the meeting in which a number of agriculture experts took part, Mr. Arefaine Berhe, Minister of Agriculture, pointed out that enhanced endeavors have been made to give impetus to all-round agricultural activities, and called on researchers and pertinent companies to put up more efforts to this end.
A number of research papers were presented in the course of the seminar, on the basis of which the participants conducted in-depth discussion, and thereby reached agreement concerning the agenda items.
Also speaking at the meeting, Mr. Tekleab Misgina, Director General of the regulatory services, stated that distribution of select seeds has been taking place in spontaneity lacking issuance of patents. He further noted the importance of a committee of this type in this connection.
In the same vein, Dr. Woldeamlak Araya, Associate Dean in Hamelmalo College of Agriculture, said that a number of research ventures have been accomplished in the domain of agriculture so far, and that provision of patent is of paramount importance in this regard.
Mr. Niguse Abraha, senior researcher at Halhale National Agricultural Research Institute, explained that research activities conducted with a view to raising agricultural output have witnessed positive outcome. Various select seeds have so far been developed, he added.