Shabait.com (Asmara)

25 February 2013

Eritrea: More Than 1,800 Apple Seedlings Planted in Shimangus-Laelai

Asmara — Reports indicated that more than 1,800 apple seedlings have been planted in the village of Shimangus-Laelai in line with the Agriculture Ministry's program of introducing temperate fruits at large.

Mr. Girmai Hintsa from the Agriculture Ministry's branch in Serejeqa sub-zone disclosed that over 18 hectares have been allotted in Shimangus-Laelai and Meqerka villages, and that the role of community undertaking has become crucial in the process. Likewise, Mr. Tekleab Tsegai, Administrator of Shimangus-Laelai Administrative area, said that the community has recruited guards for the new farm.

Among the inhabitants, Ms. Fireweini Zecarias and Mr. Megos Rusom explained that the laid infrastructure of the farm had already given rise to growing community awareness regarding the new domain of farming, and that they would sustain community initiative to this end.

Mr. Tesfahiwet Meresie, Administrator of Serejeka sub-zone, pointed out that necessary infrastructure has been prepared on around 40 hectares for the plantation of temperate fruits in the locality, and commended the active participation of EDF members in the venture. Furthermore, Mr. Abraham Daniel, head of the Agriculture Ministry's branch in the Central region, told Erina that the apple seedlings were prepared in the region, and that more than 100,000 apple, peach and olive seedlings are due to be planted.

The Ministry's commitment pertaining to agricultural engineering and effective utilization of water resources, as well as availability of ample water are the merits of the project, according to reports.

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