According to Mesfun Berhane from the agriculture and land department at the central region, praiseworthy water and soil conservation is being carried out with a view to redressing the environment
The popular campaign for water and soil conservation is focused on the construction and renovation of agricultural terraces. Berhane went on to say that so far, 1,019 ha of terraces have been constructed and 2,582 ha renovated, with a registered 31% increase compared to the previous year.
Berhane also said that the construction of 314 ha of terraces on reserved lands will be carried out through the students’ summer work programme as well as government employees, members of the defense forces, construction companies, and associations.
Indicating that there was a plan to construct 3,370 cu m of stone water diversion schemes, Berhane pointed out that in the past six months, 3,774 cu m have been constructed, which was above the plan. He further noted that a Temameo dam has been inaugurated, 51% of the construction of the Adi-Qe dam has been finalised, and two dams in Adu-Hawsha and Afdeyu are under construction.
In the central region, there are 133 big and small dams, and over 1,500 ha of vegetable and fruit farming are being cultivated through irrigation.