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Call on farmers to focus on cash crops

Mr. Arefaine Berhe, Minister of Agriculture,  called on farmers in the Central region to focus on cash crops taking into account the scarcity of land for cultivation in the region. Minister Arefaine made the call at the workshop held on 10 January here in the capital.

Asmara, 11 January 2018- Mr. Arefaine Berhe, Minister of Agriculture,  called on farmers in the Central region to focus on cash crops taking into account the scarcity of land for cultivation in the region. Minister Arefaine made the call at the workshop held on 10 January here in the capital.

Minister Arefaine also called on farmers to give utmost precedence to boosting the production of milk, meat, vegetables and fruits as well as to give more attention to natural resources with a view to ensure food security.

Indicating that last year commendable achievements have been registered in terms of ensuring food and water supply to humans and livestock and to transform farming from that of traditional to modern one, the D. G. of Agriculture and Land in the Central region, Mr. Yemane Abai said that the water and soil conservation popular campaigns have significantly contributed in boosting agricultural production.

According to reports presented at the workshop, 126 dams and micro-dams that could hold 70 million meter cube of water have been constructed and vegetables on 1525 hectares of land was cultivated and fruits on 148 hectares and that are contributing in stabilizing the market.

More over, commendable activities have been conducted in animal highbred and distribution of diary cows as well as praiseworthy bee farming and animal fodder.

Speaking at the occasion, the Governor of the Central region, Maj. Gen. Romodan Osman Aweliyay called for properly identifying the arable land, appropriately applying the advice from agricultural experts, conducting forestation activities as well as for the introduction of smokeless oven.

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