News in Brief From The Ethiopian Herald




INVESTMENT

Tigray Invests 15 M Br to Increase Safe Water Coverage

Construction of 120 safe water facilities is underway in Ofla Wereda, Southern Tigray Zone at a cost of 15 millionBr.The facilities will benefit 32,000 farmers, according to Mulugeta Hagos, head of The Water, Mines and Energy Office. The facilities include development of springs and digging of water wells. The facilities will help to raise safe water service coverage to 78pc from 55pc, the head said.

Publication: The Ethiopian Herald, Tuesday, April 15, 2013.

ShashemeneHospitalto Construct $2.7ml OPD

TheUSgovernment laid the foundation stone last Saturday to begin the construction of a new outpatient department (OPD) annex atShashemeneReferralHospitalin Oromia region. The OPD will be constructed in partnership with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health, according to a statement by the US Embassy in Addis Abeba. The people of theUnited States, through the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), have committed 2.7 million dollars for construction of the new health facility.

Publication: The Ethiopian Herald, Tuesday, April 15, 2013.

168m Br Facelift for AncientAxum

Various development projects are underway in Axum town,TigrayRegionalState, costing 168 millionBr.The projects include cobblestone covering on existing unfinished roads, the construction of a modern market centre and renovations of the ancient St. Zion church, according Abera Hailemariam, mayor of the town.

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

INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT

SD to Open Factory in Addis

Standard Diagnostic (SD), mainly known as a medical rapid test device manufacturer, announced that it is ready to open a local factory inEthiopia. The company has been planning to open a factory in the eastern region ofAfrica, and finally settled here in Addis Abeba, said David Heo, general manager of SD Ethiopia.

Publication: The Ethiopian Herald, Tuesday, April 16, 2013.

AGRICULTURE

Local Company Exports Mango toDjibouti

Ethiopian Fruit and Vegetable Marketing Enterprise Share Company announced it has launched mango exports toDjibouti. The company exports various species of mango grown in Assosa and its environs inBenshangul-GumuzRegionalState, according to Abumsa Ayele, quality supervisor with the Company. The Company is exporting 380 quintals of mangoes a week toDjibouti. Close to 175 million Br is expected to be earned from the export, he added.

Publication: The Ethiopian Herald, Sunday, April 14, 2013.

Agency Introduces Mechanization for Teff Farming

The Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency introduced three technologies to aid in local farmers with teff planting.. The Agency provided the prototypes and the designs of the technologies to the Amhara, Tigray, Oromia and Southern regional states. The three agricultural technologies are expected to help mechanize small farmers engaged in teff farming by aiding with the speed of planting, equalizing the distance between the stalks, and dispensing a determined amount of seeds to avoid wastage. In the traditional way a farmer has to labour for 76 hours a hectare to plant teff seeds. The innovations provided by the Agency on average can manage it in 10 hours.

Publication: The Ethiopian Herald, Wednesday, April 16, 2013.

Arsi Zone to Double Agricultural Output

Activities in Arsi Zone of Oromia Regional State are underway to increase the amount of agricultural products to 28 million quintals from 17 million quintals annually during the five year plan. Capacity building trainings is being offered to farmers in 25 weredas of the zone, according to Girma Hailu, Zonal agricultural and rural development office head.

Publication: The Ethiopian Herald, Thursday, April 18, 2013.

DIPLOMATIC MISSIONS

Ethiopia,FranceDiscuss Bilateral Issues

A high level delegation led by Foreign Affairs State Minister Ambassador Berhane Gebrekrstos met with its French counterpart inParis,Franceto discuss ways of further enhancing the existing bilateral relationship betweenEthiopiaandFrance, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. The Ministry said that the two parties exchanged views to further strengthen cooperation between the two countries. In addition the delegation also met with Ethiopians residing inParisto discuss national affairs.

Publication: The Ethiopian Herald, Wednesday, April 17, 2013.



Published on April 21, 2013 [ Vol 13 ,No 677]


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