Agricultural mechanization is the major input to increase productivity; improve timeliness of agricultural operations; and reduce drudgery and alleviate the load on women. However, it is out of reach of smallholder farmers which account for more than 90% of agriculture in Ethiopia. This is because the smallholders tend to be, generally speaking, resource-poor with correspondingly low incomes that they are unable to own agricultural machinery, thus resulting in low level productivity and continual cycle of poverty from which is difficult to escape.
DOWIN is establishing Custom Hiring Centre (CHC) that provides tailored, accessible, affordable and effective custom hiring services of agricultural machinery for the smallholders. The CHC aggregates tractors belonging to individual owners and creates a network of tractors through ICT platform (call centre and GPS) and it supplements the tractors with various tractor implements for the entire crop cycle till harvest and post-harvest.
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