20 January 2013

Ethiopia: News in Brief


Assosa-Kurmuk Asphalt Concrete RoadOpens to Traffic

The 100Km Assosa-Kurmuk asphalt concrete road constructed inBenishangulGumuaStatewith over 502 million Br has been opened to traffic, the Ethiopian Roads Authority (ERA) said. The road construction project, which linksEthiopiaandSudan, was financed by the Ethiopian government, Arab Bank for Economic Development inAfrica, the Saudi Fund for Development. Construction of the road, undertaken by Sino-Hydro International, a Chinese construction company, created over 500 jobs.

Publication: Ethiopian Herald, January 11, 2013.

Gravel Road Opens to Traffic

The 60Km Hargele gravel road built inSomaliRegionalStateat a cost of 428 million Br has been opened to traffic, the Ethiopian Roads Authority (ERA) announced. The road is part of the Hargele-Dolobay-Dolo Odo road project contract, Samson Wondimu, ERA communication directorate director said. The road links Hargele and Dolobay weredas in Afder Zone of the state and also facilitates animal husbandry and crop development being carried out by pastoralists in the area, according to Samson.

Publication: Ethiopian Herald, January 11, 2013.


Construction of Hospital Well Underway

Construction of a zonal hospital launched inKombolchaTown, South Wollo Zone of Amhara Regional State with 158 million Br is well in progress, the town administration said. The construction of the hospital will be finalised in the coming Ethiopian year. The hospital, which will have 157 beds will give service to residents of the town as well as those living in different weredas of Amhara and Afar regional states, according to Abere Abera mayor of the town.

Publication: Ethiopian Herald, January 14, 2013.


Farmers Earn 150m Br from Sale of Fattened Animals

Close to 26,000 farmers engaged in animal fattening in Bale Zone, Oromia Regional State have secured over 150 million Br from sale of 84,000 fattened animals during the last six months of the current fiscal year. The amount exceeded by 19 million Br while the number of fattened animals supplied to market surpassed by 25,000 that of last year. Farmers in Sinana Wereda of the zone are expected to supply 180,000 fattened animals to the market in the current Ethiopian budget year, according to Aschalew Tesera an expert with the office.

Publication: Ethiopian Herald, January 14, 2013.

Farmers Benefit from Honey Sale

Close to 6,400 farmers engaged in modern apiary in the current fiscal year in Adaba Wereda, West Arssi Zone of Oromia Regional State secured 51.9 million Br from the sale of 865,840Kg of honey. Relevant training which was offered to the farmers helped them to supply the stated amount of honey to the market for the first time, according to the wereda animal resource development office.

Publication: Addis Zemen, January 11, 2013.


Airlines Aviation Academy Graduates 90 Trainees

The Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Academy graduated a total of 90 trainees on Tuesday January 15, 2013. Close to 65 of the graduates are cabin crew trainees while the remaining are modularised aviation maintenance technical school (AMTS) graduates, Academy Vice President, Samuel Asefa said on the occasion. The cabin crew graduates have gone through three months of trainings while the AMTS trainees have taken 11 months of general and specific courses, according to Samuel.

Publication: Addis Zemen, January 15, 2013.


Scientists Discover 200m-Year Old Fossils

Scientists have found up to 200 million years old fossils in Amhara Regional State, the State Culture, Tourism and Parks Bureau said. The fossils include eight prehistoric and 283 historic archaeological sites and 22 artifacts, according to the Bureau. The scientists have discovered 22 to 200 million years old fossils of dinosaurs and various prehistoric plants. They also found graves, castles, spiritual sites, ruins of urban areas as well as caves dated back from the 12th to the 19th century. Archaeological surveys have been undertaken in three sites in Azezo and Gorgora areas of North Gondar Zone in the State.

Publication: Addis Zemen, January 15, 2013.

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