Farm activities that have been flourishing in Gerset and its surrounding areas are the result of the construction of major dams in the Goluj sub-zone. The construction of the Gerset dam triggered the transformation of traditional farm practices to advanced irrigation systems. It is a stepping stone toward the expansion of mechanized farm projects and change in the living standards of local communities.
Fruits and vegetables, cereals, oilseeds, and date palms are grown and animals raised at the project’s farm. Gerset farm project has now shown remarkable progress with its ample harvest: harvest of fruits from a plantation of around 230 hectares, tomatoes from 100 hectares, onions from 50 hectares, and pepper from a few hectares. A nursery station within the farm project has been providing seedlings, and graduates of horticulture do research to provide select seeds.
But most of all, Gerset farm has been a training center for young graduates who are now armed with practical experiences that are instrumental in moving the farm project forward. Over 500 professionals, who have over five years of experience in Plant Protection, Horticulture, Agronomy, and Agricultural Engineering, and other disciplines have been running and making a difference in all major farm activities of Gerset farm. Mr. Amine Tesfamichael, Manager of Gerset Farm, said besides the contribution they have been making to the development of the farm, the graduates are making use of the opportunity provided for them to hone their skills.
Amine believes that Gerset farm is highly strategic owing to the availability of abundant water resources and the vast farm plains convenient for the cultivation of a wide range of plants using an advanced irrigation system.