To Mesfin Industrial Engineering PLC (MIE)

Mekelle:  3 May 2024 (Tigray Herald)

To Mesfin Industrial Engineering PLC (MIE)

By Yerega Yaecobe

Subject: Prioritizing Production of Agro-Processing Machines for Post-Genocide Tigray

Dear MIE Leadership,

As a leading engineering manufacturer and a vital part of the Endowment Fund for the Rehabilitation of Tigray, Mesfin Industrial Engineering PLC (MIE) holds a unique position to contribute significantly to the post-genocide recovery efforts in Tigray. Recognizing the pressing need for sustainable agricultural solutions in the region, especially in light of the recent conflict’s impact on smallholder farmers, we propose a strategic focus on producing small and medium agro-processing machines.

1. Context and Urgency:
Tigray, once a vibrant agricultural hub, has faced severe disruption due to the recent conflict. Smallholder farmers, particularly those engaged in tomato and fruit cultivation, have been disproportionately affected. As a result, there’s an urgent need to support these farmers in rebuilding their livelihoods and contributing to the region’s overall recovery.

2. Priority:
Given the significance of agriculture in Tigray’s economy and its potential to alleviate poverty and food insecurity, MIE should prioritize the production of agro-processing machines tailored to the needs of local farmers. Specifically, machines for tomato and fruit processing would enable farmers to add value to their produce, increase shelf life, and access broader markets.

3. Impact and Sustainability:
By investing in agro-processing technology, MIE can empower smallholder farmers to improve their productivity, reduce post-harvest losses, and enhance their income. This, in turn, will contribute to the region’s economic revitalization and long-term food security. Moreover, by focusing on sustainable agricultural practices, MIE can promote environmental conservation and resilience against future challenges.

4. Collaboration and Support:
To ensure the success of this initiative, MIE should collaborate closely with local agricultural cooperatives, research institutions, and government agencies. By leveraging existing networks and expertise, MIE can tailor its products to meet the specific needs and preferences of Tigrayan farmers. Additionally, seeking support from international development organizations and donors can provide resources and expertise to scale up production and distribution.

5. Ethical Considerations:
As a responsible corporate citizen, MIE should adhere to ethical business practices and prioritize the welfare of local communities. This includes fair labor practices, environmental stewardship, and respect for human rights. By operating with integrity and transparency, MIE can build trust and credibility among its stakeholders and contribute to sustainable development in Tigray.

In conclusion, we urge MIE to seize this opportunity to make a meaningful impact on the post-genocide recovery efforts in Tigray by prioritizing the production of agro-processing machines. By aligning business objectives with social and environmental goals, MIE can drive positive change and become a catalyst for sustainable development in the region.

Thank you for considering this recommendation. We look forward to seeing MIE’s leadership in addressing the pressing needs of Tigrayan farmers and contributing to the region’s long-term prosperity.

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