The Northern Red Sea region reported that in 2018 praiseworthy activities have been conducted in soil and water conservation aimed at controlling soil erosion and boosting productivity.
Massawa, 24 December 2018- The Northern Red Sea region reported that in 2018 praiseworthy activities have been conducted in soil and water conservation aimed at controlling soil erosion and boosting productivity. The report was made at an assessment meeting held on 21 and 22 December in the port city of Massawa.
At the meeting reports were presented on the progress of the social, economic, developmental, and agricultural as well as infrastructure programs and participants conducted extensive discussion on the achievements registered and challenges and shortcomings encountered.
According to the reports, water catchments on 17 thousand hectares of land were renovated in the sub-zones of Nakfa, Afabet, Shieb, Ghinda, Foro and Massawa as well as 64 thousand meters of terraces were constructed.
Regarding potable water supply, the Gelalo and Irafaile water projects were finalized and micro-dams in Endlal, Bakla, Foro, Maret, Meo and Laba were renovated.
Likewise, 48 thousand hectares of land was cultivated and that crops cultivated in 27 thousand hectares are in good condition and call was made on farmers to stay vigilant in case of prevalence of pests and immediately report to near by agricultural offices.
Concerning health services, commendable efforts have been conducted to ensure quality health services and community based environmental sanitation programs. Furthermore, the construction of health center in Ela-Babu, Adobha sub-zone was finalized; new schools have been constructed in areas in which the residents lead nomadic life.
The Governor of the Northern Red Sea region, Brig. Gen. Tekle Lebsu indicated that most of the charted out development programs have been implemented and called for integrated activities for better outcome.
Brig. Gen. Tekle Libsu went on to say that finalizing the elections of community magistrates as well as finalizing the construction health and education facilities are some of the charted out development programs of 2019.