College of Agriculture and Environment Science has started a Ten-days training for 40 potential trainers comprised from Agriculture Research Centers, Cooperatives, Trade and Investment Office, Gondar Polytechnic and Vocation College and Agricultural offices of both Central Zone of Gondar and Gondar town district, and from different colleges of the university in Tseda Campus on January 14, 2020.
Vice dean of the college, Dr. Asmamaw Alemu remarks on the training that value chain development and analysis is a contemporary concept and is becoming an important tool for the development practitioners and widely applicable in every sector. “Providing such kind of training is, therefore, worthwhile to produce trainers by providing the theoretical and practical skills about value chain analysis and development,” the vice dean stated.
The director of University Industry Linkage Directorate, Dr. Wuletaw Mekuria also says, “This training is the continuation of last year’s training which targeted institutions that are directly related with the work of value chain analysis and development.” According to Dr. Wuletaw, 20 – 25 % of the trainees are participants of last year’s training; however, with the need of the institutions they are included in this training.” The director also suggests the trainees to identify gaps in their group discussion sessions and develop a project proposal at the end of the sessions, which will be undertaken either as a research project or a technology transfer project.
Similarly, Dr. Zewudu Teshome, director of research and publication directorate, says, “Agricultural products are not properly distributed to consumers. The distribution system benefits the brokers not the farmers, especially those who produce surplus products have been suffering a lot.” According to Dr. Zewudu, this training has tremendous importance to initiate and develop better value chains, which enables farmers to sell their products for consumers with fair price and makes them beneficiary.
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