ETHIOPIA MAKES IMPRESSIVE GAINS IN IRRIGATION

ADDIS ABABA, May 21– Ethiopia’s Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy has taken great strides in the construction and expansion of irrigation schemes over the past two decades, says Water, Irrigation and Energy Minister Alemayehu Tegenu.

Speaking here Tuesday during a panel discussion organized in connection with the 23rd anniversary of the victory of May 28 by the employees of the ministry, he said the land irrigated during the time of the fall of the military regime was only 61,000 hectares as compared to the 305,156 hectares made irrigable in the past two decades.

Development works have been undertaken extensively throughout the country to further boost irrigation, according to the minister.

Referring to potable water coverage, Alemayehu said the very low coverage of drinkable water in the late 1990s has grown fourfold during the last 23 years and the ministry will work hard to permanently solve the shortage of clean water still experienced in some localities.

With respect to electric power generation, the 361 megawatts (MW) produced when the current government took power has jumped to more than 2,268 MW at present, he added. Half of the population of the country can now access electric power.

He indicated that the ministry will strive to solve good governance problems related to electric power supply in some areas.

SOURCE: ENA

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