Asmara — The Agriculture Ministry's branch in the Central region has compiled the necessary data regarding Geographic Information System (GIS) and cartography. It made the statement at a meeting conducted yesterday at Asmara City Hall, during which it was stated that the task was facilitated with a view to clearly identifying distribution of social service facilities, assessing revenue and classifying afforestation patterns.
Mr. Mihretab Yohanes, from the branch office, pointed out that the required research as regards effective harnessing of resources has been fulfilled, besides the clearly defined current distribution of social service facilities. Accordingly, the study enabled the branch office to mark crop and livestock production vis-à-vis proper utilization of land resources as grazing lands, green feed potentials and irrigation farming capacities in the environs of dams have plainly been sketched.
Mr. Asrat Haile, head of development and plant protection in the region, indicated on his part that the compiling of such data was accomplished on the basis of conducting panel discussions among agriculture experts from the region, and lauded the active collaboration of government bodies and Administrations in the process.
Among the participants of the meeting, Mr. Yohanes Tekeste and Ms. Rahwa Zere noted that the task demanded remarkable energy, and expressed conviction that an achievement of this type would make significant impact in facilitating implementation of programs.
In closing remarks, the Administrator of the Central region, Mr. Kahsai Gebrehiwet, said that the compiling of data on GIS and cartography is crucial in the follow-up of programs under implementation, and that it would give impetus to the cherished national goal pertaining to afforestation. He also lauded the active role of those who played active role in this regard.