Eritrea: Agriculture Ministry's Branch in Anseba Region to Exert More Efforts Regarding Soil and Water Conservation

Keren — The Agriculture Ministry's branch in Anseba region indicated that it would exert more efforts regarding soil and water conservation, crop rotation and pest control with a view to raising agricultural output.

It made the disclosure at an assessment meeting, during which the reports presented highlighted that a number of micro-dams, ponds, catchment walls and terraces have been constructed in a bid to enrich underground water capacity.

Accordingly, an experimental banana plantation in Habero has reached the stage of ripening, while new tropical trees planted in Elabered Agroindustry are in good condition. Moreover, bovine breeding activities seeking better dairy output have become promising, and more efforts are being made to raise feed supply for the dairy cattle in Elabered Agroindustry, besides the rendering of adequate veterinary service.

Speaking at the meeting, Mr. Arefaine Berhe, Minister of Agriculture, said that gratifying achievements have been registered in the region as regards to raising agricultural production, and called for resort to shortly harvested varieties of crops, in addition to enhanced apicultural activities. He also disclosed that the Ministry is working on preservation of local poultry species and importing chicks from abroad.

Mr. Gergis Girmai, Administrator of the region, stated on his part that the Administartion has been stepping up collaboration in agricultural activities. There is a plan to plant more than 1 million tree seedlings in 2014, and stepped-up endeavors would be put up towards ensuring animal feed pursuing research guidelines, he added.

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