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Regional pavilions at Eritrea Festival highlight development achievements, Say Festival pilgrims

Pilgrims of the ongoing Eritrea Festival 2010 at the national level said that the exhibitions displayed at the regional pavilions amply highlight the implementation of development programs aimed at bridging the gap between rural and urban centers, as well as the achievements being registered. Asmara, 2 August 2010 – Pilgrims of the ongoing Eritrea Festival 2010 at the national level said that the exhibitions displayed at the regional pavilions amply highlight the implementation of development programs aimed at bridging the gap between rural and urban centers, as well as the achievements being registered.

They explained that the programs in the pavilions show the tasks being accomplished in agriculture, education, health and other sectors, thus attesting to the regions’ promising future.

Mr. Ahmed Saleh Osman who gave briefings on the Ti’o Potable Water Project said that the project is 14 km away from She’ib and that potable water is being supplied to the local inhabitants through the installed water pipelines, hand pumps and water tanker trucks. He also noted the significance of the project in easing potable water supply problem in Southern Red Sea region in general and Araeta sub-zone in particular.

Similarly, Ms. Almaz Tekie who gave briefings in the Southern region’s pavilion indicated that irrigation farming is being widely introduced in the region as a result of the newly constructed dams and the putting in place of agricultural infrastructure facilities. She went on to say that farmers are now able to harvest twice a year as a result of such endeavors.

Mr. Mohammed Mahmoud pointed out on his part that thanks to the various development projects being implemented and the expansion of social services in Gash-Barka region, the inhabitants who used to lead nomadic pattern of living have now been regrouped as one community in permanent villages, thus becoming beneficiaries of various social services. The efforts being exerted to divert flowing river waters for agricultural purpose is also playing major role in backing up endeavors to achieve food security, Mr. Mohammed added.

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