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INVESTMENT

HawassaAgriculturalCollegeto be Upgraded

The construction of eight projects is launched at a cost of 300 million Br with a view of upgrading theHawassaAgriculturalCollegein the Southern Regional State. The projects include construction of classrooms, dormitories library and laboratory, according to Yibra Beyene (PhD) dean of the college. Established 36 years ago, the college is providing first, second, and doctoral degree level training to 1,500 students.

Publication: Daily Monitor, February 26, 2013.

Close to 144 Dev’t Projects Go Operational

Close to 144 development projects undertaken in all weredas ofAmharaRegionalStateat a cost of 220 million Br have gone operational. The projects are in the areas of education, health, road construction, agriculture, safe water provision and natural resource conservation, according to Mohammed Seid, chief executive officer of Amhara Development Association.

Publication: Ethiopian Herald, February 23, 2013.

Zone Issues 28 Investment Licences

Close to 28 investors with 316 million Br total capital received licences in the last six months to engage in the agricultural sector in Bale Zone of Oromia Regional State. The investors have received 3,000ha of land, according to Muhadin Ismael, head of the investment office. Upon becoming operational, the projects will create 1,500 temporary and permanent job opportunities.

Publication: Ethiopian Herald, February 17, 2013.

AGRICULTURE

Farmers Secure 35m Br fromSaleof Honey

Farmers in Horu Guduru Zone of Oromia Regional State have secured a 35 million Br income from  the sale of honey over the last six months of the current fiscal year. The farmers secured the income by selling 796,800Kg of honey. Close to 9,000 farmers are engaged in the sector, according to Baysa Lemu, head of the office.

Publication: Ethiopian Herald, February 26, 2013.

Agency Secures 700m Br from Sesame Export

Close to 700 million Br is secured from white Humera sesame exported viaSudanover the past three months, according to Tigray Regional Agriculture Production & Promotion Agency.  Close to 256,163ql of products were exported in October and November 2013, said Abraha Hailu, general manager of the Agency. The amount surpasses by 130,000ql that of the previous year. Abraha also said 500,000 ql of sesame is also delivered to the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX) warehouse in Humera.

Publication: Ethiopian Herald, February 27, 2013.

ROAD

South Constructs Nearly 19Km Cobblestone Roads

Close to 19Km of cobblestone roads was constructed inSouthRegionalStatewith 52 million Br during the first half of the current fiscal year. The roads were constructed in 22 towns in 14 zones and four special weredas of the state, said Abebe Dengamo, government communication affairs work process owner with the bureau municipalities in the state. Construction of the roads created more than 9,000 jobs for the youth. Some 3,000 of the beneficiaries are females. The State had undertaken construction of 59Km of cobblestone roads with 146 million Birr last year, which created more than 26,000 jobs.

Publication: Ethiopian Herald, February 27, 2013.

Tigray Zone Repairs 640Km Rural roads

The renovation of 640Km of rural roads has been carried out in Southern Tigray Zone during the last six months of the current fiscal year. The government allocated 2.5 million Br while the public contributed labour support for the project. The road construction interconnects 47 rural localities, according to Goytom Million, department representative of the Zone.

Publication: Ethiopian Herald, February 24, 2013.

CONTROBAND

Office Intercepts 27m Br Worth of Goods

The Bahir Dar Branch Office of the Ethiopian Customs & Revenues Authority (ERCA) said it has intercepted contraband goods valued at 27 million Br during the first six months of the current fiscal year. Live animal, traditional cloths and food items worth of 17 million Br were seized while being transported out of the country.

Publication: Ethiopian Herald, February 23, 2013.



Published on March 3, 2013 [ Vol 13 ,No 670]


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