College of Dryland Agriculture and natural resource (DANR) department of rural development and Agricultural extension (RDAE) in collaboration with Sasakawa Africa fund for extension education organized two days workshop on supervised enterprise projects in value-chain oriented agricultural Extension program on March 9 to10, 2018 at MU Agriculture hall.
Mrs. Kidane Tesfay, Head department of Rural Development and Agricultural extension, warmly welcomed to the participants and he extend his appreciation for those who came to participate in the 6th batches of Agricultural extension students of annual value chain oriented Supervised interpose Project ( Seps) workshop at MU. On his welcoming speech, he gives brief expeantions about the objectives and plans of the SEPs. In addition he noted that the importance of the workshop and the expected outcomes from the workshop.
Dr.Solomon Abera , Acadamic Vice Dean of College of DANR, after officially opened the workshop, he said “ Extension training programs in higher institutions must be shaped to foster agricultural innovation systems in the country and in the regions where they are located in particular". He added “Ethiopian Agricultural production system is constrained by multitude of factors. Among others, lack of sufficient trained agricultural professionals in the area of Agricultural extension and rural development". He further noted that “to the success of this program a number of pertinent issues will be raised, discussed and lessons will be obtained for further improvements in the two days deliberation workshop and the workshop is beleived to come up with useful information that small holder farmers, processors, consumers and all other actors along the agricultural value chain will be benefiting to run their business and indicate areas of interventions to different actors along the agricultural value chain.” At the last, he thanks to the organizing committee.
Dr. Zenebe Abera , CDANR Agricultural Research and Innovation Directorate, presented the general observation of the workshop and way forward. And he mentions that the main feature of the mid-career program for Agricultural extension professionals, hence they are designed to improve competencies at work and provided an opportunity for students to develop their expertise in specific aspects of the workshop.
On the two days workshop more than twenty six papers were presented and discussed. During the discussion students raised issues faced during their research time.