24 December 2012

Eritrea: Agricultural Programs Southern Region

Mendefera — Big agricultural programs worth over 100 million Nakfa have been implemented in the Southern region in 2012 which include construction of dams, water diversion schemes, leveling of land, as well as afforestation programs and cultivation of green animal fodder, disclosed Mr. Bahta Tedros, head of MOA branch in the region.

In a report he presented at a the meeting held in Mendefera to assess activities of the Ministry's branch office, he indicated that with the popular campaign made in leveling land and afforestation programs around 1.7 million tree seedlings have been planted out of which 87% are in good condition.

Mr. Bahta further indicated that with such initiative which diary farmers took alongside vegetable farmers it was possible to supply the market with 38 million liters of milk and which registered 12% increase compared to that of the previous year. Besides, vegetable and eggs production has shown increase of 16% and 33% respectively.

Mr. Arefaine Berhe, Minister of Agriculture, commending the exemplary role of the vegetable and diary farmers of the region said that the agricultural output there especially that of selected seeds distributed to farmers during the rainy season have registered encouraging yield.

He further advised farmers to prepare their land before hand and strengthen participation in efforts to ensure food security.

Like wise, Mr. Mustafa Nurhusein, Administrator of the region, stressed the importance of conducting thorough assessment on agricultural production and called on all engaged in agricultural activities to reinforce participation for the success of development programs.

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