Crops Subsector (GA)

CROPS SUBSECTOR

To ensure the security of food supply and enhance economic growth of farmers, fishers, processors, etc, the region places much importance on agricultural development. To achieve this, the region consciously promotes development of various agricultural commodities as well as facilitates the marketing of same.

A total of 3,584 metric tonnes (maize), 12,741 metric tonnes (rice), and 68,170 metric tonnes (cassava) metric tonnes were produced year, 2010.

It is indeed a fact that the active engagement of agro-entrepreneurs comprising the large commercial producers, small and medium size entrepreneurs (SMEs) and traditional subsistent farmers with increasing interest in commercial production of agribusiness undertaking has propelled agriculture development in the region.

Table: Cropped Area of Major Crops

Commodity Area under

Cultivation (Ha)

Production (Mt) Yield (Mt/Ha), 2009 Yield (Mt/Ha), 201
Maize 3,638 4,145 0.92 0.93
Rice 2,323 12,773 4.53 5.40
Cassava 6,834 67,440 10.47 10.70
Tomato 10,464 14,871 5.33* 5.19
Pepper 5,727 14,595 2.33 2.41
Garden Eggs 325 1,902 3.50* 3.43
Okra 4,447 12,809 3.42 3.66
Lettuce* 34 280 10.00 8.23
Onion 211 1,905 11.63 14.07
Cucumber 21 283 32.00 33.48
Cabbage* 238 15,910 40.00 35.03
Watermelon 814 17,350 33.33 35.67
  • Total quantity of seed maize produced during the reporting period was 31.5MT.
  • Various varieties of seed rice were also produced.

–       Jasmine (10MT),

–     KIP Marshall (4.92MT),

–     Aromatic Short (5.822MT).

The total rice seed producers registered during the period were 9 however the mentioned production levels were recorded from only 4 farmers.

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