On January 20, 2022, the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) hosted an event to launch the Agricultural Stress Index System (ASIS). The system gives real-time information about climate conditions and offers different solutions to current climate change to improve agricultural productivity.
It aims to help farmers, agro-pastoralist, and other agriculture & livestock stakeholders make informed decisions. It plays a vital role in avoiding product loss due to drought and other disasters.
More results can be available using ASIS and create a skilled labor force for the agricultural industry. It will also help the space science institutions, Ethiopian Metrology Institute, academic centers, and other entities to make scientific agricultural drought tracking and projection. Ethiopia has enormous potential. Therefore, gathering and implementing them will create a greater consciousness to activities and build robust and consolidated institutions.
The government is working to engage private investors in the agriculture sector and enhance competitiveness by providing export incentives, customs duty exemption, income tax holidays, and offering land at a lower price. This is to establish responsibility to boost and reinforce modern agriculture and enhance the livelihoods of rural people through a well-informed and advanced information exchange system.