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Endeavors to ensure food security registering encouraging outcome, Says Agriculture Ministry

The Agriculture Ministry said that national plan implemented through specified policies and strategies towards ensuring food security has registered encouraging outcome and that further endeavors would be exerted ahead.

Asmara, 20 April 2012 – The Agriculture Ministry said that national plan implemented through specified policies and strategies towards ensuring food security has registered encouraging outcome and that further endeavors would be exerted ahead.

Mr. Solomon Haile, head of Planning and Statistics Department in the Ministry, explained that policies formulated and implemented pertaining to integration and development of irrigation farms, animal husbandry and forestry have brought about positive outcome coupled with improvement of agricultural techniques. He further explained that modern machinery was introduced so as to boost production through minimized labor force. He also indicated that the policies, incorporated with farmers’ positive attitude towards them, are expected to result in tangible achievement as regards bridging the gap between food demand and supply.

The Ministry further stated that milk production could be boosted in line with improved harvest of green feed and that milk processing and handling capability has been upgraded. It also notified that drip and sprinkle irrigation are being practiced extensively on 103 hectares with the goal of making efficient use of water resources.

Mr. Solomon indicated that various research activities regarding crops and vegetables have been resorted to that demonstrated promising result in Halhale National Institute of Agricultural research, Goluj and She’ib, and that new research model is about to be introduced with a view to creating a chance for farmers to acquire knowledge in the process. He also said that the Ministry would be in a position to domestically produce animal drugs in the near future, for the construction of which activities are surfacing.

The Agriculture Ministry also explained that community-based afforestation activities have given impetus to the success of the programs adopted and that the program of establishing national park and developing wildlife have resulted in encouraging outcome.

Mr. Solomon expressed conviction that an even utilization of machinery should be ensured and that farmers need to work in the form of associations in order to achieve integration.

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