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Sunday, 18 June 2017 23:53

A floodgate of opportunity for poets

The mushrooming of different poetry blogs/webs in the global arena has afforded famous and fledgling poets, who pen down their reflections, observations, outlooks and experiences in the international lingual-franc English, to bask under a world-wide readership.

Apart from entertaining and imparting knowledge, exploiting this opportunity, poets could play an ambassadorial role to their respective country. Say for instance they could popularize the tourism potential in their country or sensitize people on burning social issues.

Luring poets to the glare of digital publication, the coming into being of such a chance as well affords them to skill-honing or shoulder-tapping feedback from poets and web-worms that peruse poems.

Some of the comments awaken poets to possible shortcomings and remedial solutions called for. From feedback, they receive, poets could also know which poems are of universal significance. Participating in different blogs helps them single out poems of the aforementioned nature. They will know which poems enjoy more hits and also which poems get liked by many. Sometimes some poems may be liked by many without much hits. Others may enjoy more hits without being marked liked. There are poems that enjoy both unfolding. Such things allow poets decipher the reason behind such outcomes.

Unlike books, blogs allow poets to correct glitches quick, as poets will enjoy a full control of their respective blog. Through continuous editing, it is possible to take a given poem to further heights of refinement.

A tree standing aloof could hardly draw attention. By the same token poets dancing alone could hardly enjoy the limelight of web/blog publication. The coming together of poets at poetry hubs allow them a thicket for galvanizing more attention.

When poets' pace at times slackens, the blogs energize them with inspirational sayings or comments to keep up the momentum.

Most of the webs/blogs on top of poems penned down by contemporary poets have archives that allow poets and readers a descent into the mine land of classic poems. This in turn promotes readership and penmanship of poetry, for contemporary poets shake hands with the classic ones. There is also a saying “Style is like a finger print” Seeing different styles helps poets to come up with a new brand blending theirs with others.

The blogs/webs also play quite a role in inspiring poets, even at times frequent visitors, to pick their pen for penning down poems. In other words, the blogs also enhance the frequency the muse marks servitors.

Some of the blogs give training, organize poetry contests, facilitate the co-authoring and publication of books and e-books.

Some allow membership via payment others use advertisement to raise fund so as to allow poets use blogs for free. Of course to beautify the interface some ask payment for design work.

Depending on the quality and quantity of poems poets post and their active participation in reading or receiving comments and feedback they could ascend heights of refinement.

There are also blogs that promote the translation of poems, short stories, travel stories and inspirational writings.

Like the Print On Demand Technology that changed the book publication landscape, poetry Webs/Blogs are becoming launching pads to poets.

Ethiopian poets who have the language agility and gift are finding niches in the global arena enjoying wider recognition. They as well are affording to foreigners a window to Ethiopia's literature. Hence there is a call for translating poems, written in Amharic or other domestic languages, in English and posting them on blogs. Conversely, there is a call for translating classic or contemporary poems at least in Amharic to acquaint Ethiopian poets or readers with different poetry crafting styles.

 

BY ALEM HAILU

 

Published in Art-Culture

There are truly few countries on earth able to mix family and adventure at the same time making your holiday escapade never-ending. Ethiopia is the one which will never let you down meeting your African adventure to the fullest. The holiday is an ideal time of visit to enjoy the sights the bites and the celebrations.

Whether you like beach and river adventure enjoying swimming and cruising at the sunrise and set. Or the high-rise refreshing mountains allowing you to break your fear of height. Or steam gently at the natural hot springs. Or the ancient places and globally famed architectures or just the lush green forests full of wildlife’s you are covered. This most exciting adventure land has natural environments for perfect playground for children and exploration for adults. Experiencing the parks and the surrounding adventures not only offers so much thrills but it’s also exceptionally refreshing and edifying about nature.

The best part of coming to Ethiopia is that it has so much to offer to all kinds of budget travelers. It offers you anything from private lodges, hotels from Jumia Travel to camping under the stars. Be ready to comfortably take the dream adventure. Here, wildlife, wilderness, and nature's extravaganza offer escapades far away from the regular to the exceptional. In the Ethiopian holiday adventure, you will not only form moments of charming lasting memories but also, moments of focus on the nature loving family.

Get your hands on Ethiopia, get out of your village or fly to this East African delight for unforgettable treasured adventure. Family oriented fun activities include spotting wildlife hunting their meal, visiting art and former palace museums, hiking on the towering Mountains and deep valleys visiting ancient architectures, testing foods and visiting traditional organic farms.

The epic landscapes of Ethiopia takes you to all kinds of extreme level of adventures. Lace your traveling gears and hit the trail for one of its kind road adventure and horseback ride. Ethiopia’s blend of nature and culture with next door heritage temples and obelisks takes any traveler to the next level of experience. Explore the famed fortress of outdoor and indoor attractions to fully enjoy the land of bread and honey. The destination is impressive and warm all year round. If you are not fond of cold and heat then Ethiopia is the right destination offering you everything in moderation.

Truly, there is more to Ethiopia. Dismount on other holiday adventures including souvenir and traditional cloth shopping. Visit the cosmopolitan shops and traditional villages for loads of exciting experience. Grip on one of the most stunning attractions of the country.

It takes a fun loving family to plan your holiday in Ethiopia, because everything comes in double portion and holidays are no exceptions.

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BY EDEN SAHLE

Published in Art-Culture

Zeru Adane came to Addis Ababa last year looking for a job and searching for a better life. He is B.A holder from Debre Brehan University and moved here right after graduation with high hopes of getting chance to work in the big city. He was picturing in his mind bunch of opportunities than the small city, his home town.

He started to live with close relatives and started job hunting. Looking for occupation where he could make money and support his family, he started to peruse every newspaper and most of the posts required an experience of two or four years. He applied at every possible post. He made it through interview a couple of times but he could not get lucky due to the number and competitiveness of job seekers just like him who come from across the country. When he first came to Addis he was dreaming to make it and also make his family proud. But now all the money he saved for transportation and such things is running out bit by bit. And the turn of events is worrying him.

One day he got a call from an office that he applied for and took written exam few days before. “I got so flattered. He said, “I thought to myself, this is it, but then there was this girl she was so competitive. But our points was almost equal. However, affirmative action was brought into the case and she passed.”

“After days of searching I started to give up until I saw a post on poll with a bunch of jobs, and many of them with no experience.” said Adane “Quickly I reached to my pen and started to write their addresses. I got there first thing in the morning eagerly to find a local agency that works on local job seekers with or without experiences.

They asked him for document and 100 birr registration fee. However, he hadn't had the money but he promised them he will get back with the money the next day. “I told them I need the job so badly and I promised to give the registration fee by the next day.”

The young man in the office affirmed me that job seekers who come to that agency would get hired for in a short time for sure. So the next day I showed up at the office having my documents and the 100 birr with me.

The young was not there. Another guy asked me what kinds of jobs I was looking and all the information I needed and he gave me piece of paper some sort of card and told me to wait patiently until they call me.

Adane waited and waited for days but his cell phone was silent. Then he decided to show up in person. When he got there the guy told him that there is actually a sales job if he prefers and Adane decided whatever job “I am offered I will not bat an eye”. Then the agency asked him again for 400 birr grant. Adane thought “I am looking for a job to get paid, instead I am asked to pay money to get hired. What kind of joke is this?” He didn't say a word because he needed the job so badly. Plus the guy told him that it is returnable if he didn't get hired so. He borrowed 400 from his auntie and paid the grant and got directly to the hiring private company. He took an exam and interview and was told that they would call him. After weeks of waiting they told him he didn't pass the interview. He stopped by the agency to check things out. The young man told me there is another one and I believed him.

“I still am not hired they send me to a lot of places I got tired and gave up eventually.”

Adane is one of the job seekers who got disappointed by one of these local agencies. Adane thinks that some of the so called local agencies are frauds and waste of time.

As job seekers numbers and joblessness increases in the city due to inbound migration from rural places to the capital, the range of local agencies has increased. Unlike the foreign legal agencies these agencies are not reliable.

As this writer approached few local agency owners in the city, some of them don't have licenses. They are unemployed graduates who start by renting office and start business by their own.

Efrem Teshome and his friends started these agency by realizing the number of job seekers and hiring companies as to serve as a bridge and benefit from both parties.

“We have been somewhat effective in meeting the job seeker and hiring companies,” he said

“Sometimes we get a lot of complaints from job seekers but its all about time. When the right time and the right person meet it makes our efforts successful. So we advise our clients to be hopeful and patient,” he said.

Unemployment is a fear and a major problem that many people face after graduation. It is also is a headache across the world as in every country.

As city is getting bigger and job seekers are flowing to the city these agencies take advantage and they consider themselves as entrepreneurs some of whom are fraud and some of them reliable.

Forty per cent of the population is jobless and 80 per cent has low income. The government highly encourages entrepreneurship and job creativeness so these local agencies take it from the top.

 

BY FASICA BERHANE

Published in Society

Dr. Valentine S. Edgar Traure

 

Despite agriculture is the mainstay of the economy in Africa, it is compounded by various challenges which hamper its productivity. High dependency on rain, less utilization of inputs, the threat of herbs and pests, more and more the unprecedented climate change and global warming makes the sector unreliable. However, overcoming the challenge is not easy and addressing the problem by ready made solution is also not viable and needs multifaceted approaches. Among the various ideas forwarded by scientists as solution is the application of biotechnology in farms. But side by side with it supportive measures relevant to diagnose the whole aspect of the sector is essential. Most farmers produce crops both for food and for cash and a number of countries produce and earn considerable money from cash crops such as cotton. But due to the disturbance of pests, their productivity has stagnated. Mitigating the problem through spraying chemical does not bring the required result. Hence, countries are forced to resort to the application of BT cotton which is a Genetically Engineered crop. Burkina Faso, South Africa and Sudan have made a stride in experimenting BT cotton. They have achieved better results in controlling pests which damage the crops and allow to raise productivity.

Dr. Valentine S. Edgar Traure is a plant breeder and virologist who works at the National Research Institute and recently this writer got a chance to talk with him about the progress made by experimenting BT cotton in Burkina Faso. As to him, cotton is produced for more than 50 years in that country but for decades the farming practice was critically challenged by pests which eat and destroy the young seedlings. Herbs also damage the crop. As a result, farmers lose up to 80 per cent of their product and the situation impoverish farmers.

In the past, in order to prevent pests and herbs, farmers use to utilize imported chemicals, which were expensive and environmentally unfriendly. Because of the acuteness of the problem, sometime farmers were forced to resort to the use expired chemicals hazardous to human health. But their effort was in vain. In addition spraying chemicals on farmlands was labour intensive, which consumes too much time. To save the crop from damage and to alleviate farmers appalling situation, the government found other solutions as a way out.

According to Traure, transgenic technology, applied on cotton plant, is mostly practised in the USA,China and India. The natural toxin from Bacillus thuringiens is being used long time ago to control pests in organic agriculture. Drawing a lesson from these countries and assessing the merits and demerits of the transgenic crop on the environment and the biodiversity, the government of Burkina Faso began to negotiate with the sole owner of the patent right of the Bt cotton. The owner, who is an American company known as Monsanto and reached to agreement. According the agreement, even though Burkina hybrids Bt cotton originates from the company, which is compatible to its cotton varieties, it pays a royalty to the company. And in 2007 a pilot study through experimenting new varieties in farmers fields began. The move was followed by multiplication of BT cotton seed and cultivation of field commercial production in 2009. He further said that, when the experiment was in progress, the National Science Research Institute stepped up in Bt cotton adoption. But before that it prepared field trials by various stakeholders comprising, researchers, policy makers, technical Ministries, cotton companies and international organizations. The main result from farmers field visits indicated that Bt cotton was effective in controlling pests. It contributed in reducing volume of pesticides and labour. It has also proved that the BT cotton did not bring unwanted outcomes on the environment, no anomalies were observed in the behaviour of bee colonies and on the biodiversity with in the Bt cotton plots. It is evident that Bt cotton contributed to push Burkina Faso from 11th position in the years 1990s to 1st cotton producer since 2010 in Africa with about 600,000 ton per year.

Nevertheless, there are different views reflected on the success story of Burkina in resolving decades long cotton production shortcomings particularly, due to pest invasion of the crops. Gelen Stone, a writer on biotechnology, practised it specially in Africa and India. As to him, evidence of Bt cotton outcomes from the research team sponsored by Monsanto carried out in 2009 showed that Bt cotton produced yield increased by 18.2 per cent. This approach boosted farmers profit despite high Bt seed cost. However, these studies did not report how these yields were calculated. Later studies drawing from the same household survey reported that an average Bt cotton farming family gaining 50 per cent more profit than the conventional one. Nonetheless, most farmers were enthusiastic about Bt cotton primarily as a tool to save valuable labour time. By the year 2014 more than 140,000 small holder farmers were cultivating Bt cotton representing 70 per cent of the total cotton production in one of Africa's largest cotton producing countries. It is understood that in Ethiopia the organic type of cotton plant is highly vulnerable to pests. As a result, the production is significantly reduced.

By now the country is forced to import cotton from abroad to meet the demand for textile industries. And to bring the long lasting solution for cotton farms consensus has been reached to experiment Bt cotton here. The Ethiopian Agricultural Research Institute authorized to experiment Bt cotton by the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Climate Change and a field trial is under way in seventh agro-ecological zones.

 

BY ABEBE WOLDE GIORGIS

 

Published in Society

 

Part II

In yesterday's edition The Ethiopian Herald produced the first part of this piece which deals with Federal Defence Force of Ethiopia which represents Nations, Nationalities and Peoples of our Nation and is the symbol and identity of the Ethiopian Peoples. Here follows the second part. Excerpts:

Genially, they think that the new generation will be fooled and persuaded by their message and by their propaganda machine funded by our inherent enemies. Further, they think that they can dismantle this treasured institution and replace it with their own submissive institution in order to fulfil their and their masters menacing agendas. They have been doing that for many years and failed to accomplish their agenda then and they are doomed to fail now. The only ticket left for them now is to use ethnic cover up to spread their evil agenda. Since they know that it is impossible for them to directly wage war against our heroic Defence and our intelligent National Security forces and since they know that they have no power, commitment or courage to face and challenge our gallant Defence and National Security forces in any way, shape or form, they continue to spread their propaganda by doing their unpleasant job on a day to day basis. Further, they know that they cannot challenge the government in a peaceful and democratic manner via electoral ballots because they know that Ethiopian people will not cast their votes to destructive and mercenaries forces. Therefore, their only option is to wage a face book and u-tube war to incite lawlessness and anarchy in our nation through trickery and false propaganda machine in order to disrupt our peace, security, our constitutional order and our developmental endeavours. They even go further to preach hate propaganda to disrupt and dismantle the construction of our Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam-the largest dam in Africa and one of the largest in the word.

In our era of 21st century, young Ethiopians know what is good and what is bad for them and for their nation. The Ethiopian people are saying enough is enough. They do not want to lose their core principle of preserving their peace and security, values they fought hard to bring about and preserved for many years. They know that without peace, there cannot be development and without development, they cannot lead a comfortable life. Further, they do not want anyone to disrupt their peace and security and they do not want to listen to those who instigate and incite bloodshed to destroy their treasured nation. Our people are well aware of everything because they are on the ground and they are busy working day and night to transform their country in order to place it amongst the industrialized nations; they know and they are confident that they can do it.

Our people have started to see light at the end of the tunnel; therefore, they are giving a deaf ear to destruction agents and disillusioned internal and external enemies and are focusing on their core principle i.e. to develop their nation and change the lives and livelihoods of the people for the better. As a result, they are saying enough is enough, please do not disturb us, please return to your senses and do the right thing and that is to focus on constructive ideas as opposed to destructive ones. Therefore, it will be better for you: enemies of our nation to stop your evil activities and come back to your senses before it is too late. Further, please do not deny your family, friends and love ones to do the right thing by planting poisonous seeds on them. Advise them help their people and their country by doing the right thigh; do not plant racism or xenophobia on them, do not pass your bizarre and poisonous ideas to your friends, love ones and others who did not have the chance to see the reality on the ground and decide for themselves on issues concerning their people. Once they know the reality. They will curse you and that will be regrettable least to say.

Guided by and strictly following the Constitution of the land, equipped with scientific military and academic training coupled with strict disciplinary principles, our courageous Defence Force is our nation’s and our people’s guarantee that we can always depend upon at any time. Our Defence Force is a vanguard of our nation and our people under any situation and under any circumstances and conditions. Our Defence Force is reliable, disciplined and humane; therefore, we should always be proud of our Defence Force but most importantly, we should always be thankful and give due respect and admiration to the Ethiopian Defence Force: our own Defence force.

Whereas the work and services our Defence Force provides to the nation, to the region and the world at large is without doubt truly remarkable, the attention and appreciation it gets from our own people has not been openly reflected and that is because our people take our Defence Force for granted as their own and as one that needs no appreciation; however, it is time and in fact long overdue that our Defence Force gets open appreciation, respect, credit and admiration that it truly deserves from the government and the public at large.

 

BY YOHANNES GEBRESELLASIE (Ph.D.)

 

 

Published in Editorial-View-Point

 

The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia is made up of a federal government and state governments. Both the federal government and state governments have a legislative, executive and judiciary organs. The federal house of peoples representatives is the top power house of the country. It is accountable to citizens it represents. The states are set up either by state governments or administrative layers as per the tangible situation of their respective states. State governments serve as chief executives. Their judiciary power resides in courts. For ages people that were deprived of the right to enjoy this fortune were sweltering under injustice.

Though it was starting from the era of emperors injustice was towering in Ethiopia, the overarching cause of the injustice was the power that never knew devolution. In cognizance of this fact, the incumbent has brought into play a new constitution key in addressing the problem.

Citizens are entitled such right based on structural set ups. Nonetheless, there are some gaps in the justice system. A rent-seeking mind bent and lack of devotion in properly serving citizens are creating hurdles. Also sluggishness in delivering services is also among the bottlenecks that conspire to abort the effectiveness of the justice system. Hearing complaints of service seekers that “We shall grease the palms of judges with oil and deal with brokers that pledges vain promises as the saying goes a pie on the sky has become uncommon to hear. The time the police require in hunting for evidences after detaining suspects and the protracted justice delivery are exhausting the patience of service seekers making them indignant. To get a solution a case may take a couple of years. Criminal cases do not get a quick solution, cases that got a solution at times often prove highly dubious. If some judges and prosecutors at times conspire it will not be difficult to assume what will be the consequence.

If law students who vowed to properly serve citizens forget their pledge they made up on graduation it will be hard for the country to actualize the multifaceted developmental push it has made a point. Recently, Prime Minster Hailemariam Dessalgen had noted that a lot of reforms were designed a year ago to straighten knotty issues in the justice system. Accordingly, a lot of rectifying measures were taken.

Enumerating the tasks accomplished in taking the justice system to new heights he mentioned the state-of-the-art data handling technique courts adopted, the opening of courts in key spots, the training given to professionals in the field, the possibility of transferring professionals from place to place, the joining hands of police and prosecutors. He as well listed the strengthening of the concerted effort being deployed and the growing tendency of public participation in the justice system as tasks that require added attention.

He criticized the obsolete nature of Police's evidence gathering detaining suspects, saying in court rooms we need extra evidence as well as creating discomforts and hassles on detainees. He as well condemned adjourning cases having the necessary evidences. The justice system must be allowed to evolve bridging gaps in terms of structural and administrative set ups,skilled manpower and implementation. It as well must metamorphosis in such a way it copes up with modern criminal trends. In order to combat crime an all out move is imperative.

It goes without saying that the growing economy is likely to make relations intricate. Hence, an economic system that shoulders the demand for an immaculate justice system is mandatory. The development-oriented push will surge ahead unrestrained, if the justice system is a quality and transparent one that outreaches all.

 

 

Published in Editorial-View-Point

GIZ Country Director, Matthias Rompel

 

Experts from Ethiopia, Germany, and around the world held a two-day discussion regarding the ecological standards of Ethiopia's growing textile sector, on the event channeled by Ministry of Industry, German Cooperation Agency (GIZ), and other partners.

Speaking to journalists Thursday, GIZ Country Director Matthias Rompel said that with GIZ's strong history of supporting Ethiopia and private sector companies towards ensuring contributions to economic development, we have a number of successful examples of development supports. “Today, we host this conference to look through the ways in sustaining the textile and garment sector,” added Rompel,

He further said that this program commissioned by Germany's Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development focuses on safeguarding better and fair conditions for the country's workers while at the same time opening new and forward looking perspectives for the Nation's industrialization process.

The program will launch a number of capacity building training for workers in the textile industry mainly in Industrial Parks as well as the host communities where the projects reside, creating awareness regarding environmental and social protections, said Rompel.

Ethiopian Textile and Garment Manufacturers Association President Fasil Tadesse said such technical assistance would ensure sustainability of sector’s growth.

“As German and GIZ are leaders in sustainability, we hope to gain a lot in the industrialization effort we commenced,” he added.

The program would be implemented with various partners and actors including the Ministry of Industry, international development partners, manufacturers and international buyers.

 

BY HOMA MULISA

 

 

Published in National-News

Owing to the sound Diaspora policy, government’s incentives, sustainable peace and security, ever growing tourism flow, among others, international brand and Diaspora involvement in hotel business in the country have shown a marked rise, according to Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

Ministry Diaspora Coordination Office Head Muluneh Mathios told The Ethiopian Herald that members of Ethiopian Diaspora investment in hospitality industry have been steadily growing. However, their engagement in such business varies from state to state.

He noted that Diaspora led-investments into the domestic economies surge 50 per cent annually.

According to him, currently, a large number of Diaspora communities are actively engaging in hotel construction at various tourist destinations of the states. “They have so far created over 50,000 permanent and temporary jobs across the country.”

Pointing out the attributing factors for the active Diaspora involvement in the national development, Muluneh said Diaspora policy, government’s incentives, peace and security, existence of affordable labor, among others are mentionable.

Moreover, the rapid double digit economic growth for over one decade has contributed to the current national tourism development in every state, he said.

As to government's incentives, the Office Head indicated that Diaspora communities will be allowed to import tax free goods and construction materials when they plan to build star- rated hotels.

Accordingly, there are some 168 star-rated hotels in the country. Among over 600 hotels, 450 of them have been constructed by Diaspora communities.

Lack of skilled man power, access to land, bureaucratic red tape, frequent power outage and internet interruption are some of the challenges that have been hindering the sector’s development, he stressed.

The hospitality industry has been growing at a promising pace due to the ongoing hotels investment and increment in tourist inflow, according to the ministry.

Addis Ababa Hotel Owners Association President Biniam Bistrat for his part said over the last five years, five brand hotels have been opened. About 100 local and global international star- rated hotels are also in the pipeline to go operational in the next five years. Nowadays, there are 106 star- rated hotels in Addis Ababa alone.

Catering and Tourism Training Institute (CTTI) Public and International Relations Directorate Director Dr. Kibrework Lemma said the tourism sector has been growing fast. Hence, to cope up with the growing demand of skilled man power in the sector, the institute has offered various customers service ,hospitality trainings at both diploma and degree levels .

The Institute is graduating up to 1,500 professionals annually. Currently, some 2,347 trainees are pursuing their studies at the institute. Moreover, to transfer the institute in to university college level, efforts are underway, she said.

However, the institute cannot address all the needs of trained professionals at this stage. But efforts are being carried out to curb lack of professionals in collaboration with States’ TEVT, she said.

“The sector needs huge skilled human power as a research conducted by the institute revealed that only 23 percent of hotel employees are professionals,” she noted.

 

BY ALAZAR SHIFERAW

 

 

Published in National-News

Sugar Corporation General Manager Endawok Abite

 

• Exhorted to expedite projects’ construction

House of People's Representatives Public Enterprises Affairs Standing Committee lauded Sugar Corporation’s preparation to penetrate into the international market while urging to expedite sugar projects under construction.

After scrutinizing Corporation’s annual performance report Friday, Committee Head Alemitu Fufa said the Corporation has been carrying out encouraging efforts to meet the sector’s goals set in the second Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP II).

She also mentioned that the completion of all the sugar projects is equated with the creation of ample jobs for the youth apart from securing foreign currency.

She, however, criticized delays in some projects’ construction while admonishing the Corporation to redouble its efforts and bring the factories into production phase.

For his part, Corporation General Manager Endawok Abite expressed conviction as the country would soon leapfrog into exporting sugar to neighboring countries.

The county is poised to export a 10,000 - ton Sugar to Kenya , he said.

To translate this move into action, the Corporation has done all at its disposal in bringing Kesem, Tendaho and Arjo Dedesa Sugar Projects into production phase while existing factories such as Wonji/Shoa, Fincha’a and Metahara are striving to satisfy the local demand.

He also laid bare that the construction of Omo-Kuraz I, II, III ; Tana Beles I,II and Wolkayt Sugar factories would not see completion this fiscal year. “The construction of these projects is being carried out with an increased pace.”

Moreover, sugarcane plantation, farmland preparation, and project residents as well as road constructions are underway in various sites, he added.

The Corporation has been working jointly with other stakeholders aiming to tackle its finical and implementing capacity gaps, as the manager highlighted.

In this regard, the Corporation and German Chuimite signed Memorandum of Understanding to construct ethanol factory at Wonji sugar plant.

Corporation Communication Corporate Executive Officer Gashew Ayichiluhum for his part made clear that the Corporation has set to establish Sugar academy in a bid to address the sector’s skill gaps.

He also takes the opportunity to announce that the county has a 1.2-million quintal sugar reserve.

Over 564,000 tons sugar, 1.5 million tons biogas, about 98,425 tons of molasses were produced during the reported period. The corporation has created over 67, 000 jobs as well.

 

BY MENGISTEAB TESHOME

 

 

Published in National-News
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