Addis Ababa Augest 04/2017 African Union has called on all stakeholders to join hands in the fight against the devastating pest fall armyworm (FAW) in the continent.
In a press briefing held here today, AU Deputy Chairperson Thomas Kwesi said the leadership of AU Commission is determined to do everything possible to control the FAW.
He said “the commission is determined to work with regional economic communities to support our member states to understand the nature of the fall armyworm and how to manage and control it.”
To do this, the AU Commission is calling upon everyone to join hands with us in the fight against this pest, Kwesi added.
According to him, “for the commission to be effective in fulfilling its mandates, we need to receive regular and accurate information from technical organizations on the spread of the pest and its impact on crop yields and measures being taken to control it.”
It is only with such information that the Commission can inform and mobilize the political leadership that is needed to fight this pest, Kwesi underlined.
“I call upon our development partners to provide financial support in generating knowledge on the fall armyworm and in our efforts to mobilize our leaders to fight the pest”, the Deputy Commissioner noted.
Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, Josefa Sacko said on her part that FAW is potentially a major trait of food security in Africa.
The insect is already threatening nearly 9 percent of the total combined agricultural GDP of the affected countries, Sacko revealed.
AU Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture has been actively working to understand the nature and the spread of FAW in the continent, it was indicated.
FAW was first detected in central and western Africa in early 2016 (Benin, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe and Togo); and in late 2016, in Angola, Botswana, Burundi, DRC, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique Namibia, Niger, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Addis Ababa August 04/2017 The Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) has released forty eight new drought and pest resistant varieties of crops in the just-ended budget year.
Briefing journalists today, EIAR Deputy Director-General Dr. Diriba Geleti said the crops would be help to ensure food security and realize the efforts to earn foreign currency as well as inputs to agro-industry.
He added that the newly released crops would increase yield from 10 to 20 percent.
Out of the forty eight crops, the date palm and Palmyra palm are two species released for the first time, Dr. Diriba stated.
The Institute has been carrying out researches to make farmers, pastoral and semi-pastoral communities benefit from technology and information through demonstrations and by primarily introducing extension.
EIAR, in collaboration with regional research institutes, has been carrying out various efforts to introduce environmental friendly technologies, it was learned.
In terms of improving seeds outreach, it has distributed more than 9434kg different varieties of crops to Tendaho, Kuraz and Beles sugar farms as well as in pastoralist areas in South Omo and Afar.
Addis Ababa August 4, 2017 The House of Peoples Representative in its extraordinary session on Friday lifted the state of emergency after ten months in operation.
The Horn African nation declared a state of emergency in October following the unrest occurred in parts of the country.
As peace has restored, the state of emergency is no longer in need, said Siraj Fegesa, Minister of Defence and Secretary of the Command post established to oversee the state of emergency to the House,
Peace and tranquility had been restored with the unreserved and collaborative work of both the public and the command post, he added.
Noting the existence of few and scattered conflicts that are not yet resolved, the Minister said that they could be handled with normal legal framework.
Siraj acknowledged the active public participation, strong commitment and responsiveness of the command post members in maintaining the prevailing peace and stability.
It is to be recalled that the state of emergency was declared to ensure peace and stability in the country and to curb illegal tampering with public and private property following the unrest occurred in October 2017.
Addis Ababa August 04/2017 The House of Peoples Representative on Friday removed the immunity of Alemayoh Gencho, who is also State Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation for alleged corrupt practices.
The House lifted the immunity of the MP following the request from the Federal Attorney General.
Attorney General Getachew Ambaye told the House that Alemayoh has allegedly granted a 20 million USD contract agreement for a foreign company without legal auction.
Besides, the suspect had allegedly disbursed 20 million USD to the same company knowing that it had not fully completed its job.
The suspect is also alleged for the act of receiving half a million Birr in bribery and arranged to have covered his expenses during a one month vacation to America.
Accordingly, the house has fully endorsed the request of the federal attorney general’s request for the removal of the immunity of the deputy minister.
The measure taken is part of the national in-depth evaluation to root out corruption from the nation.
So far, the Federal Attorney General has detained more than 40 suspects including government officials, business persons and accomplices on alleged corruption scandal.
In related news ambassadors were appointed for different ministerial posts
Accordingly, the house has endorsed the motion for appointing
- Kebede Chane- as Minister of Federal Affairs and Pastoral Area Development
- Dr. Tilaye Gete – as Minister of Education
- Moges Balcha- as Minister of Ethiopian Revenues and Costumes Authority
According to the profiles presented, the appointed ministers had been loyal, industrious, and successful in serving their country at all level of their duties.
The newly appointed ministers replace the other officials recently appointed for ambassadorial post abroad.