The inhabitants of Halib-Mentel, Elaberd sub-zone, expressed that they would introduce horticulture for the dam built in their area has cumulated sufficient water. Halib-Mentel, 6 May 2012- The inhabitants of Halib-Mentel, Elaberd sub-zone, expressed that they would introduce horticulture for the dam built in their area has cumulated sufficient water.
They told ERINA that before the building of the dam they facing problem in getting water for their cattle but now their problem is solved and that they would introduce drip-irrigation horticulture.
Mr. Gebremeskel Azazi indicated that the huge development programs undertaken by the Government are contributing to the improvement of their livelihood and that the dam built in their area has conserved water enough for them to engage in agricultural activities.
Mr. Alazar Berih on his part explained that in the past they had to wait for the rainy season to cultivate their plots of land once in a year and that with the construction of the dam they would work hard to improve their livelihood by double folding their efforts.
Mr. Beyene Kidane, Administrator of Halib-Mentel administrative area, expressed that the inhabitants have no more problem in getting water thanks to the Government for constructing the dam, and that the land beyond the dam is equally distributed to farmers for cultivation.
He further called on the inhabitants to increase their productivity in order to improve their livelihood through judicious usage of the infrastructure in place.