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Jatrofa Trees Widely Introduced In Gash-Barka Region

The introduction of economically beneficial Jatrofa trees in Gash-Barka region is gaining momentum, according to Mr. Tekeste Kiflemariam, head of forestry and wildlife resource in the Agriculture Ministry’s branch in the region. He explained that Jatrofa trees are widely acceptable in different parts of the world for their economic significance, and that the practice has now been introduced in the region in an expanded manner. 
Barentu, 25 September 2010 – The introduction of economically beneficial Jatrofa trees in Gash-Barka region is gaining momentum, according to Mr. Tekeste Kiflemariam, head of forestry and wildlife resource in the Agriculture Ministry’s branch in the region. He explained that Jatrofa trees are widely acceptable in different parts of the world for their economic significance, and that the practice has now been introduced in the region in an expanded manner. 

Mr. Tekeste further explained that the tree is utilized for oil, soap and various medicines, in addition to its vital contribution in preventing soil erosion and enriching underground water resource. In this connection, he indicated that more than 100,000 tree seedlings of this type have been prepared, out of which over 87,000 have already been planted and are in good condition.

He went on to say that the tree seedlings are being planted in reserve areas, private farmlands and residential sites, and that Gash-Barka region is suitable for Jatrofa tree as it mushrooms well in semi-arid areas. Such tree seedlings are being prepared in nursery stations of Barentu, Shambuko and Tokombia and are eventually distributed to different parts of the region.

Moreover, Mr. Tekeste noted that over 20,000 trees have been planted in reserve sites in Barentu town for experimental purpose which has yielded very satisfactory outcome. In this regard, he called on the farming community to widely introduce Jatrofa trees and make good use of it. 

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