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INVESTMENT

Nearly 1.2b Br investment Project Underway

Close to 136 investors with 1.2 billion Br combined capital are undertaking various investment projects in Southern Regional State during the last nine months of the current fiscal year. The projects are in the areas of social service, agriculture and industry.

Publication: The Ethiopian Herald, Saturday, May 11, 2013.

78m Br of Safe Water Projects under Construction

The construction of 241 safe water projects worth 78.5 million Br is underway in Nuer Zone of Gambella Regional State. Similar projects are underway in rural and urban localities to meet the MDGs in safe water provision, according to Mekbedi Uchan, deputy head of the Region’s Water Bureau. The projects include digging of water wells and development of springs, he said, adding, so far 77 of the water wells have already gone operational. The projects will benefit more than 73,000 people.

Publication: The Ethiopian Herald, Monday, May 13, 2013.

AGRICULTURE

Farmers Secure 200m Br from Sale of Fattened Animals

A little over 60,000 farmers engaged in animal fattening in Bale Zone of Oromia Region have secured 200 million Br from the sale of 84,000 fattened animals in the last nine months of the current fiscal year. The amount exceeds, by over 35 million Birr, that of same time last year, said Aschalew Tesera, animal resource extension expert of the Zonal Animal Resource Development and Health Office. The growth in revenues is attributed to the support provided by development agents and the increase in the number of farmers engaging in animal fattening. Activities are underway to supply 180,910 fattened animals to market until the end of the current fiscal year, according to documents obtained from the Office.

Publication: The Ethiopian Herald, Monday, May 13, 2013.

Ministry Distributes 823,000 Fuel-Efficient Biomass Stoves

The Ministry of Water & Energy (MoWE) said more than 823,000 fuel-efficient biomass stoves were distributed to the public in the last nine months of the current fiscal year. The stoves help protect 3,176ha of forest and also prevent 220,000tns of carbon emissions, according to Bizuneh Tolcha, Public Relation & Communication director with the Ministry. The stoves reduce fuel consumption and time, as well as helped to prevent different diseases caused by smoke. The Ministry will distribute 9.4 million stoves to the public by the end of the plan period, he said.

Publication: The Ethiopian Herald, Saturday, May 11, 2013.

REVENUE

Enterprise Meets 77pc Export Target

The Ethiopian Grain Trade Enterprise (EGTE) earned 686 million Br from export trade in the last nine months of the current fiscal year. The Enterprise exported 217,874qls of oil seeds, pulses and coffee to secure the stated sum of revenue, according to Berhane Haile, general manager of the Enterprise. The Enterprise planned to earn 855.7 million Br by exporting 282,000qls. However, it only attained 77pc of its target. The enterprise also procured 3.45 million quintals of grain and coffee with 2.9 billion Br.

Publication: The Ethiopian Herald, Saturday, May 11, 2013.

State Secures 715.4m Br from Tourism

Close to 715.4 million Br was secured from five million tourists, who visited tourist sites in Amhara Regional State during the last nine months of the current fiscal year. Close to 4.9 million of the total tourists are Ethiopians, according to Haileyesus Filate, head of the Amhara Culture & Tourism Bureau. He said the amount exceeded, by 492.2 million Br, that of same period last year. The number of visitors also increased by 3.8 million compared to that of same time in the previous year.

Publication: The Ethiopian Herald, Saturday, May 11, 2013.

EDUCATION

University to Launch New Post Graduate Programs

Hawassa University in Southern Region said preparations are underway to launch new post graduate programs in the coming academic year. Speaking at a relevant forum on Saturday, Social Science and Humanities College Dean with the University, Negussie Meshesha (PhD) said the new programs will be in Journalism and Mass Communication; Social Psychology and Adult Education; and Community Development. Negussie said the programs will contribute in the efforts to produce competent scholars. Each of the departments will offer two-year training to 15 students.

Publication: The Ethiopian Herald, Saturday, May 11, 2013.



Published on May 19, 2013 [ Vol 13 ,No 681]


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