Drought resilience activities successful: Commissioner

Addis Ababa, June 7, 2017 (FBC) - The drought mitigation mechanisms Ethiopia has been building during the past years have proved fruitful, according to the National Disaster Risk Management Commission.

Commissioner Mitiku Kasa told ENA that the country has succeeded in preventing the loss of human life through the integrated efforts of stakeholders and the public.

He recalled that droughts in the late 60s and the 70s had cost the country 250,000 and 700,000 human life, respectively.

The commissioner said 16.5 billion birr was allotted to reduce drought and bring about sustainable development.

The growing capacity of the public, increased participation of investors, allocation of budget by regional states to withstand drought and state-to-state supports have enhanced the drought mitigation capacity of the country, Mitiku elaborated.

Macro economy Researcher with Ethiopian Economic Association, Dr. Seid Nuru said on his part continuous care for tree seedlings is crucial alongside planting trees to prevent drought.

Reports indicate that Ethiopia has a potential of 18 million hectares open land to cover with tree seedlings.

There is still a gap of working on irrigation and water conservation in a sustainable manner, Unity University Senior Economics Lecturer Fasil Tasew said.

He added that more efforts have to be exerted to empower farmers to resist the recurrent drought in a sustainable manner by modernizing agriculture, increasing the culture of saving and transforming agriculture to industry.

Source: ENA

Posted by Amare Asrat