Woreda implementing over 23mln birr food security projects

Desse, April 8 (WIC)– Development works which could improve the food security of 53,000 farmers are underway in Kobo Woreda of North Wollo Zone with an outlay of 23.3 million birr, the woreda Agriculture and Rural Development Office said.

Office Head Berihun Desale told WIC that the food security and safety net programs have been underway in 37 lowland and arid kebeles of the woreda.

He said development of basin and degraded mountains, the construction of all weather roads, irrigation diversion canals, spring development as well as various water harvesting structures are underway with the budget allocated by the state government and the Federal Food Security Program Office.

The farmers were helped to give due attention to the development and conservation of natural resources and moisture harvesting activities as the area is lowland and arid, he added.

Besides, the office has been providing loan and technical support for farmers so as to enable them engage in sheep and goat fattening, dairy development, poultry and apiculture, in addition to crop development, according to the head.

Favorable conditions have also been created to engage selected model farmers in mixed farming to protect the farmers from migration and severe poverty due to shortage of moisture and productivity, it was indicated.

Accordingly, activities that could enable the farmers to alleviate the food security problem and improve their livelihood by engaging in environmental development are underway, Berihun said.

The farmers have been improving their livelihood ever since the launching of the safety net program in the woreda a few years ago, the head said, adding that the number of farmers who used to migrate to Afar State, Djibouti and the Sudan has also declined sharply.