Integrated efforts are being made to raise agricultural, dairy, honey and egg production so as to satisfy domestic demand and beyond, according to the Agricultural Ministry’s branch office in the region. Keren, 5 January 2012- Integrated efforts are being made to raise agricultural, dairy, honey and egg production so as to satisfy domestic demand and beyond, according to the Agricultural Ministry’s branch office in the region.
At an assessment meeting conducted in Keren town, it was disclosed that investment made in the region in 2011 amounting 56 million Nakfa has registered satisfactory outcome.
According to reports, around 7 micro-dams constructed in the region have impounded enough water to solve shortage of drinking water supply, in addition to the renovation of 18 wells and 4 micro-dams for irrigation farming.
As regards securing health of livestock, vaccination and other health service are being given to livestock in the region, and that about 250 quintals of honey have been attained from 2,500 hives, in addition to around 8 million eggs laid by poultry plants operating in the region.
It was also pointed out that integrated efforts are needed to produce green animal feed and expand irrigation farming. Moreover, briefings are being given to participants of the work plan for planting coffee and mango seedlings in the region.
The participants of the meeting said on their part that skilled manpower, fertilizers and pesticides are needed for the success of the investment being made in the agricultural sector, and pledged to do their level best to promote food security.
The head of economic development unit in the region, Mr. Kibrom Andemicheal said that ensuring food security does not only imply raising crop production but also raising the production of dairy, egg, honey vegetable and other productions. He further and urged famers to judiciously utilize the water projects put in place in the region.