Mendefera — At an agricultural activities assessment meeting conducted in Mendefera, it was reported that the integrated effort and initiative taken to control pests in general and that of Fall Armyworms in particular in the Southern region have registered commendable achievement.
During the meeting in which the Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Arefaine Berhe and Governor of the Southern region, Mr. Efrem Gebrekirstos as well as other professionals took part reports on agricultural activities including soil and water conservation activities, animal resources, select seed development, as well as forestation activities conducted in the past six months were presented.
It was also reported that 88 administrative areas in the region have conducted rigorous activities to control the expansion of the Fall Armyworms and that the threat of the armyworm has declined to its lowest level.
Regarding soil and water conservation activities, it was indicated that the residents of 12 sub zones have constructed 2,359 hectares of terraces and water diversion schemes, 584 hectares of agricultural land have been leveled and water diversion schemes worth 3 million Nakfa has been constructed in Adi-Qedo and Bete-Mariam administrative areas.
It was further assessed that due to inadequate supply of animal fodder and medicines, milk and meat production have been negatively impacted, and poultry farm production decreased by 38%.
Speaking at the event, Mr. Efrem Gebrekirstos, Governor of Southern region, called for the integrated effort and control mechanisms with the view of timely implementation of the charted out programs.
Mr. Arefaine Berhe, Minister of Agriculture, on his part calling for the coordinated effort on the part of farmers, agricultural experts and government institutions to control the prevalence of pests, called for proper utilization of natural fertilizers and reinforced effort to encourage nationals to invest in honey and meat production.