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Symposium of Gash-Barka region underway

The symposium of Gash-Barka region opened in Barentu town today. Speaking at the opening session, the Administrator of the region, Mr. Musa Rab’a, said that the task accomplished in the region in general and in all sectors in particular over the past 20 years since independence would be assessed during the two-day symposium and map out future action programs. He also gave extensive briefings concerning the size and population of the region, the people’s lifestyle and natural resources.

Barentu, 8 April 2011 – The symposium of Gash-Barka region opened in Barentu town today. Speaking at the opening session, the Administrator of the region, Mr. Musa Rab’a, said that the task accomplished in the region in general and in all sectors in particular over the past 20 years since independence would be assessed during the two-day symposium and map out future action programs. He also gave extensive briefings concerning the size and population of the region, the people’s lifestyle and natural resources.
Pointing out that economic potentials and infrastructure were in an extremely poor condition in the early days of independence, the Administrator explained that major development programs were nonetheless, launched soon towards alleviating socio-economic problems the inhabitants encountered at substantial Government expenditure.
Mr. Musa further explained that irrigation farming has gained momentum and that emphasis has been laid on speeding up the on-going efforts to achieve food security. He stated that various large agricultural projects, dams, ponds and water division schemes were put in place. The Administrator indicated that 74% of the region’s population has now got access to potable water supply.
Parallel with the on-going symposium, an art exhibition was opened highlighting the 20-year development path traversed and the overall achievements scored.
Study papers were presented at the symposium focusing on the major agricultural activities carried out in the region. The paper presented as regards the task of promoting animal health and breeding, and the development of rangelands, pointed out that over 9.5 million livestock received vaccination, in addition to the provision of veterinary care to more than 7 million livestock.
According to the paper, 118 ponds were constructed, and that 214,000 hectares have been reserved for rangelands. Moreover, 240 select dairy cattle, 182,000 chickens and 3,300 modern bee hives were distributed to farmers. It was disclosed that 11 dairy cattle-breeding associations have been formed so far.
Also, in a paper presented on fruits and vegetables cultivation, 250,000 hectares were put under cultivation through rainfall, in addition to putting under cultivation over 52,000 hectares through irrigation. Training was also organized in various agricultural topics.
Furthermore, 34 water diversion schemes for cultivating over 13,000 hectares and six dams with the capacity of holding more than 2.4 million cubic meter were constructed, on top of the Gerset, Fanko Tsimu’e, Fanko Rawi, Ali Gidir and Bodemit dams which are of vital strategic significance in the national development drive.

 

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