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Alternative Energy Vital For Prevent Reckless Cutting Of Trees: Minister

In a conference conducted in Keren town regarding preventing tree destruction, the Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Arefaine Berhe, stressed the need for finding alternative energy sources so as to prevent reckless cutting of trees in various parts of the country.

Keren, 3 March 2011 – In a conference conducted in Keren town regarding preventing tree destruction, the Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Arefaine Berhe, stressed the need for finding alternative energy sources so as to prevent reckless cutting of trees in various parts of the country.

The Minister highlighted the dire consequences of destroying trees unless immediate steps are taken, and emphasized the importance of expanding Adhanet smokeless ovens, serious forest inspections and introducing other alternative energy sources.

The conference in which agriculture experts, sub-zonal and area administrators and members of the Anseba Regional Assembly took part, was aimed at discussing the issue of reckless cutting of trees in the region and outline a new law on prevention of cutting trees applicable in the Anseba region.

According to the study papers presented, about 16% of trees consumed at national level are from Anseba region, and some of main cause for destruction of trees are forest fires and irresponsible use of farmlands.

The Minister of Land, Water and Environment, Mr. Tesfai Gebreselasie, on his part pointed out that citizens who are cutting trees are knowingly or unknowingly are inflicting heavy damage to the future, and emphasized the need to take serious majors on tree cutting.

The participants of the conference held discussions and adopted a number of resolutions and recommendations including, the need to work for the implementation of the law on preventing and developing forestry and wildlife and increasing the number of animal and forest inspectors.

 

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