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Southern Red Sea region: Efforts underway to produce vegetables in winter season

Shade-Net vegetable farming system has been introduced in different parts of the Southern Red Sea region so as to produce fruits and vegetables during both summer and winter seasons, according to Dr. Yonas Woldu, head of the Agriculture Ministry’s branch in the region.

Assab, 13 December 2010 – Shade-Net vegetable farming system has been introduced in different parts of the Southern Red Sea region so as to produce fruits and vegetables during both summer and winter seasons, according to Dr. Yonas Woldu, head of the Agriculture Ministry’s branch in the region.

He explained that previously carrying out vegetable farming in winter season was impossible due to strong sunshine and hot temperature. The newly introduced shade-net system that was experimented around Gidbo and had borne promising outcome would henceforth enable farmers to harvest twice a year, Dr.  Yonas added.

Reports indicated that different types of vegetable seeds are mushrooming under the Shade-Net vegetable farming system and are yielding encouraging outcome. There are over 110 hectares of vegetable farming cultivated by about 1,000 farmers in different areas of the region, including Afambo, Dereb, Abie, Erible, Igdoli, Ayumen, Gehare, Beilul, Harsile, Abo, Rahaita and Gahro.

 

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