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Southern region: Inhabitants called upon to judiciously utilize micro-dam water resources

The inhabitants of the Southern region have been called upon to judiciously utilize micro-dam water resources. Mendefera, 21 October 2010 – The inhabitants of the Southern region have been called upon to judiciously utilize micro-dam water resources.

Eng. Simon Abraha, expert in irrigation farming, explained that 80% of the micro-dams in the region have accumulated sufficient amount of water during this year’s promising rainy season. He particularly urged farmers engaged in fruits and vegetables farming to step up efforts towards boosting production.

Eng. Simon further stated that the constructions of the micro-dams in the region are making significant contribution in enriching underground water resources, maintaining biodiversity potentials and sound ecology, as well as ensuring the availability of potable water supply. He also indicated that pilot projects for putting farmlands in Durko and Geza-Keren under cultivation through modern agricultural input have borne fruitful outcome. Moreover, initiatives are underway to introduce drip irrigation in Adi-Bahro, Sememo, Ziban Sebo and Harnet.

In a separate report, Mr. Yebio Tewolde, expert in fruits and vegetables farming, said that fruits and vegetables have been cultivated on 10,000 hectares in the region. According to reports,  138 micro-dams and 255 ponds have so far been constructed in the Southern region.

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