14 February 2014

Eritrea: Community Engagement in Development Programs Due to Continue With Higher Organization in Debarwa Sub-Zone

Debarwa — The Administrator of the Southern region, Mr. Efrem Gebrekristos, stated that community engagement in development programs would continue with higher organization in Debarwa sub-zone in a bid to register greater impact.

He made the remark during his working visit to the areas of Adi-Bezhanis, Adi-Neku'o, Adi-Geda and Emni-Tselim, and he further disclosed that implementation of the development programs for 2014 have already started witnessing active popular participation. Machinery and expertise support would be available for speeding up the development programs, he added.

Mr. Adem Abdelwasie, an irrigation development expert who is in charge to oversee the community popular campaigns, explained that the initiative is aimed at raising agricultural output on the basis of sustained soil and water conservation activities. He also said that water catchment walls are being constructed in erosion-hit areas, especially those deeply eroded by drainage.

Likewise, Mr. Bereket Kebede, agronomy expert in the Agriculture Ministry's branch in the sub-zone, lauded the active community involvement being witnessed in the community-led programs.

Mr. Gebremichael Habtai, Administrator of Adi-Bezhanis area, stated that the locality is prone to water erosion in connection with the fact that it is situated at the bottom of elevated mountains, and thus giving rise to a serious concern to this end until the start of the coming rainy season.

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