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Gash Barka: Over 150 Water Reservoirs and Catchments Constructed

The head of irrigational farming and natural resources at the branch office of the Agriculture Ministry in Gash Barka region, Mr. Samsom Yemane stated that over 150 water reservoirs and catchments have been constructed in the region over the past 20 years, which in turn are making due contribution in boosting underground water sources and promoting irrigation farming.

Barentu, 10 April 2011- The head of irrigational farming and natural resources at the branch office of the Agriculture Ministry in Gash Barka region, Mr. Samsom Yemane stated that over 150 water reservoirs and catchments have been constructed in the region over the past 20 years, which in turn are making due contribution in boosting underground water sources and promoting irrigation farming.

Speaking to ERINA, Mr. Samsom disclosed that the government has invested more than 173 million Nakfa for the construction of over 34 water catchments that can be used in the cultivation of over 13,000 hectares of farmland, as a result of which farmers in the region have been able to increase production using modern methods.

Furthermore, as part of the efforts to conserve water more than 118 ponds have been constructed at a cost of 30 million Nakfa, providing access to drinking water for more than 120,000 livestock. More than 2,000 wells dug in different parts of the region are also being used to cultivate around 7,000 hectares of farmlands.

In addition to the strategic large-scale dams of Gherset, Fanko Rawi, Fanko Tsimu’e , Aligidir and Omhajer, further 6 dams have been constructed at the cost of 33 million Nakfa and are being used for irrigational farming.
Mr. Samsom went on to indicate that commendable work has been accomplished as part of the collaborative efforts of the people and the Agriculture Ministry in soil and water conservation activities, which in turn is playing an important role in improving the people’s living standards.

An expert in trees and wild life at the branch office, Mr. Tekeste Kiflemariam on his part said that parallel to the water reservation efforts more than 5 million and 300,000 tree seedlings have been planted over 2,600 hectares of land to promote forestation and wild life.

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