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AGRICULTURE

State Aims to Harvest 177 Million Quintals of Grain

The Agriculture Bureau of theOromiaRegionalStatesaid it has set a target to harvest 177 million quintals of grains during the current fiscal year.  Zelalem Jemaneh, Bureau head, told the Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) that the stated amount of output is expected to be harvested from over 5.9 million hectares of land.

Some 95pc of the stated land has so far been covered with wheat, maize, teff, barley and sorghum, among others. The State had harvested over 79.4 million quintals output during the dry season of the last Ethiopian year, he said.

According to him, the stated amount of output had been harvested from over 852,000ht developed through irrigation.

Publication: The Ethiopian Herald, Monday, October 14, 2013.

ROAD CONSTRUCTION

Obala-Agulay-Berahile-Dalol RoadConstruction Well in Progress

Over 73 pc of the construction of the 210.9 km long Obala-Agulay-Berahile-Dalol road, which links Afar and Tigray regional states, is completed.

Samson Wondimu, head of Communications with the Authority, told the Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) that the construction of the road, which is being undertaken with over 2.9 billion Br, is expected to be finalised during the current budget year.

Sur and Defence constructions, two local contractors are constructing the road.

Publication: Ethiopian News Agency, Monday, October 14, 2013.

Construction of 198km Road Launched

The construction of a 198km Hawassa-Bule-Hora road was launched in the Southern Regional State at a cost of over 2.7 billion Br during the current fiscal year, the Ethiopian Roads Authority (ERA) said. The head of Communications with the Authority, Samson Wondimu, told the Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) that the road is being constructed by three international contractors. When it becomes fully operational within three years, the road will helpEthiopiato use theportofMombasainKenya. The construction of the road is funded by the federal government and the World Bank, he said.

Publication: Ethiopian News Agency, Sunday, October 13, 2013.

INVESTMENT

Over 40 Million Br Investment Projects Start Production

Investment projects with an aggregate capital of over 40 million Br commenced operation in Gode town ofSomali RegionalState, the Gode Town Administration said. Town Mayor Kolmiye Mohamud, told the Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) on Sunday, October 13, 2013, that the projects are in agro-processing, flour mills, mineral water and hotel, among others. Upon becoming fully operational, the projects will create jobs for 4,900 individuals, he said.

Publication: Ethiopian News Agency, Sunday, October 13, 2013.

TOURISM

Zone Secures over 40 Million Br Revenue from Tourism

More than 40 million Br revenue was secured from the 48,800 tourists who visited natural, cultural and historical sites in South Omo Zone of Southern Regional State over the past three years, the Zonal Administration said. Molloka Wubineh, administrator, told the Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) that 46,354 of the total tourists are foreigners. TheLowerAwashValley, Tiya and theMagoNational Parkare among the attractions visited by tourists. He said that over the past three years, the flow of tourists and the revenue secured from the sector increased by 65pc and 40pc respectively. TheLowerAwashValleyand Tiya are two of the nine world heritage sites ofEthiopiainscribed by the United Nations Educational Scientific & Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Publication: Ethiopian News Agency (ENA), Monday, October 14, 2013.



Published on October 20, 2013 [ Vol 14 ,No 703]


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