Addis Ababa 14/2017 Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has adopted a Regional Biodiversity Protocol and related strategies.
At the conclusion of the ministerial meeting today, Executive Secretary of IGAD Ambassador Mahboub Maalim said the protocol would help to mobilize resources and create much more cooperation on the issue of ecosystem development in the region.
The ministers of environment approved the protocol on biodiversity management, which the Executive Secretary of IGAD said “is a milestone achievement.”
According to Ambassador Maalim, regional economic integration in the Horn of Africa could be realized through prudent management of natural resources and trans-boundary ecosystems.
Recently, Ethiopia and Kenya have launched a cross-border program which is the first of its kind. “We are building on that high-level political support to help all linked in cross-border trans-boundary cooperation among member states” he added.
Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister, Dr. Gemedo Dalle said on his part the IGAD region is characterized by severe droughts and recurrent famine, which reflects the high level of land degradation and water shortage.
This poses a great threat to sustainability of ecosystems and sustained livelihoods of the people in the region, he noted.
The Minister pointed out that the availability and endorsement of such a regional protocol is not enough to protect the biodiversity resources in the region.
“It is rather the level of our commitment to properly implement the protocol that would contribute to the sustainable management of the biodiversity resources in the region”, he concluded.
Addis Ababa July 14/2017 Ethiopia’s effort in combating fall armyworm is encouraging, according to Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
In an exclusive interview with ENA, FAO Representative Amadou Allahoury Diallo said “I am sure that Ethiopia will continue at this level to lead combating the fall army worm.”
Diallo appreciated the mass awareness the government has been striving to create by using different channels and working with different partners to mobilize resources.
According to him, FAO supports 25 African countries that are responding to the threat of armyworm. “We are providing technical training for the extension programs and communities”, he added.
FAO is promoting integrated pest management, which is fighting armyworm with both pesticides and by handpicking the worm.
However, the most effective, lowest-risk, economical, accessible and easily used method by smallholders needs to be determined within each country and across the continent, he stressed.
Plant Control Director at Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Zebdiwos Salato said on his part the integrated pest management system is a good way of controlling the fall armyworm.
The government has allotted 45 million birr to fight the armyworm, he revealed.
He stated that out of the total 2.4 million hectares covered with maize in six regional states about 455,081 hectares of land was attacked by the armyworm.
Furthermore, Zebdiwos said the government is working with partners to share their experience in combating fall armyworm.
Fall Armyworm moth is a migratory pest that can cause severe damages to more than 80 plant species, it was learned.
The fall armyworm occurred for the first time in Ethiopia in the last week of February 2017.
Addis Ababa July 14/2017The national political parties, including the ruling party, have agreed to conclude their negotiation within three months.
To realize this, the parties will meet 3 days in a week and each agenda would be covered in 5 days at a maximum.
According to the negotiators, some of the agendas can be covered in a shorter period than the allotted maximum time.
Though few of the negotiating parties proposed to start negotiating on “national consensus” first, the majority opted to begin with the “proclamation for the registration of political parties”.
Proponents of the latter argued that due attention should be given to the proclamation for it demonstrates their existence as a political party.
According to the agreement reached, the 12 negotiation agendas are proclamation for the registration of political parties, the election proclamation, code of conduct proclamation for political parties, anti-terrorism proclamation, mass media proclamation, charities and societies proclamation, organization and function of democratic and human rights institutions, organization and function of justice bodies, freedom of movement, living and rights of proprietorship of citizens, issues of lease proclamation and eviction, tax law, and national consensus.
The negotiation agendas were arranged in accordance with meeting the general objectives of the upcoming political negotiation, which is widening the political space through avoiding obstacles.
Addis Ababa July 14/2017 The Ethiopian Commodity Exchange Authority (ECX) announced that it has started a new approach where coffee grower farmers can directly export their products.
The Authority on Wednesday announced the launching of a new coffee trading system that will benefit coffee producing farmers starting from 8 July 2017.
Farmers who have over 2.5 hectare of coffee plantation and coffee processing machines as well as capable of using technologies are entitled to export their products.
According to the new trading system, coffee grower farmers and smallholder providers can directly export coffee beans or supply to exporters.
CEO of the Authority, Ermias Eshetu said the new system will benefit farmers by minimizing the supply chain.
Previously, growers were not beneficial from their products since they were expected to supply products through brokers.