Ethiopia: Region to Invest 6b Br for Dam

Gidabo irrigation Project.

Tigray Regional State is preparing to build an irrigation dam on Yekaza River for a total cost of six billion Birr.

The irrigation will be used to harvest 10,000ht of land and help 30,000 farmers to harvest twice a year.

"The farmers will supply inputs for the Agro-Industrial sector by using an irrigation scheme," said Tatere Hadush of the water irrigation supply directorate at the Tigray Water Resource Bureau.

The Bureau has completed a feasibility study over the past three years. Beside irrigation, the dam will serve a fishery and recreational purpose, according to Tatere.

"Water is the main factor to achieve the economic goal's of the region," says Eyassu Yazew (PhD), Water and Environmental Institute director.

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