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Commendable Agricultural Activities Accomplished In Gash-Barka Owing To This Year’s Promising Rainy Season, Minister Says

The Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Arefaine Berhe, stated that commendable agricultural activities have been undertaken in different areas of the Gash-Barka region owing to this year’s promising rainy season. He made the statement during his tour of inspection to observe summer agricultural activities in the area.

Barentu, 15 August 2010 – The Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Arefaine Berhe, stated that commendable agricultural activities have been undertaken in different areas of the Gash-Barka region owing to this year’s promising rainy season. He made the statement during his tour of inspection to observe summer agricultural activities in the area.

During his tour, he observed 573 hectares of land put under cultivation through Berhatera water diversion scheme, crops planted in vast plain area of the region and a micro-dam in Kofreinko administrative area, as well as about 20,000 Jatropha plants in Barentu area. The Minister also held discussions with agricultural experts regarding the progress of the plants and ways of developing such endeavors furthermore.

Moreover, Mr. Arefaine also toured the new micro-dam in Sisima administrative area, another micro-dam built in Prima-country by an exemplary farmer’s initiative and over 700 hectares put under cultivation under the Hashenkit River, among others during which he received briefings by experts. He also observed the micro-dams found in Debero, Meflech and Aitera, as well as agricultural activities in Gusia, Megel dam in Shilalo administrative area as well as the Fanco Rawi. The Minister also visited the Fanco Tsimu’e and Gerset dams during his tour.

Mr. Arefaine went on to visit crops planted under various water diversion schemes in Golij sub-zone and vast commercial agriculture places as well as agricultural production being undertaken by Ma’eloba Project. He also inspected the Tessenei-Aligidir Agricultural Development Project and activities conducted by the farming community in Tessenei sub-zone.

Following the tour, Minister Arefaine stressed the need for continuous renovation of the water diversion schemes constructed with strenuous efforts. He also emphasized the importance of building micro-dams in every village in addition to the building of ponds.

The Administrator of Gash-Barka region, Mr. Mussa Rab’a, on his part pointed out that this year’s rainy season is very promising and agricultural activities are underway at commendable pace. He also called on farmers to enhance their efforts so as to augment their agricultural output.

 

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