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Fruits and vegetables production in the Central region is expected to increase by 30% as the micro-dams have impounded sufficient water resource, according to Mr. Haile Gide, head of the Agriculture Ministry’s branch in the region.
Asmara, 25 January 2011 – Fruits and vegetables production in the Central region is expected to increase by 30% as the micro-dams have impounded sufficient water resource, according to Mr. Haile Gide, head of the Agriculture Ministry’s branch in the region.

He told ERINA that efforts are underway to expand the over 1,200 hectares of vegetables being cultivated by farmers in their respective areas double-fold. The farmers, encouraged by the available underground water resource, are actively engaged in fruits and vegetables farming activities.

Reports indicated that micro-dams with the capacity of holding over 1.4 million cubic meters of water have been constructed at a cost of a total of over 11 million Nakfa in the villages of Adi-Tsenafa, Tsaeda-Emba, Tseazega, Tsaeda-Kristian.  On top of their contribution in providing potable water supply to the local inhabitants along with their cattle, the micro-dams are expected to irrigate over 85 hectares lying below for which the necessary preparations are being made.

Fruits that fit highland areas have been introduced in the region, and that land leveling and terracing activities have already been undertaken in Geshnashim, Shemangus and Laelai-Mekerka. Reports further indicated that the implementation of drip irrigation in Embaderho has been finalized, and that the one in Ametsi is in the process of launching. Besides, drafting work  has been finalized to apply drip irrigation on about 38 hectares in Tselot.

Moreover, over 1.2 million tree seedlings have been planted in the Central region this year through the participation of community, association and individuals. Community-based forestation activities were also carried out in 23 villages, and that 50 tree seedlings have been distributed to every farmer so as to properly take good care of them.

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