SOIL, WATER CONSERVATION HELPING ETHIOPIA IMPROVE SOIL FERTILITY

ADDIS ABABA, April 1– Soil and water conservation activities undertaken over 2.2 million hectares of land across Ethiopia over the past three months have helped the nation improve soil fertility and conditions of river basins, according to the Ministry of Agriculture.

The Director of Natural Resource Development, Conservation and Utilization of the Ministry, Tefera Tadesse, told the Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) that the conservation work undertaken had helped to achieve the target set in the country’s Growth and Transformation Plan before the deadline, which is still a year away.

More than 1.4 million hectares of degraded land had also been rehabilitated during the period. The conservation work had been undertaken across the nation through a campaign which involved the active participation of more than 28.2 million farmers, whose contributions are estimated to be worth close to 17 billion Birr (about 878 million US dollars), according to Tefera.

The farmers had undertaken the conservation work in a better way after learning from previous lessons and experiences, he said.

In addition to rehabilitating degraded lands, reviving dried-up basins and increasing forest coverage, these activities are helping to create more jobs in rural areas with women and youth engaging in income-generating activities using river basins and rehabilitated lands, Tefera added.

SOURCE: ENA

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