By Mhret G/Kristos
ADDIS ABEBA – Sedimentation has become a serious issue for dams constructed for irrigation development in Ethiopia, said a top official.
Michael Mehari (Ph.D.), irrigation development commission commissioner, briefed officials and experts attending water week, the issue is seriously affecting the efficiency of the dams.
The commissioner also explain that dams whose water retention capacities’ are decreased annually as result of sedimentation are Shina (1.67 %), Tebi (1.8 %), Selamok (2.3 %), and Anjeb (11.5).
The commission is now encouraging studies on how to improve the situation. “Irrigation is very important especially a country like Ethiopia” said Micheal, adding that irrigation sector has major challenges that need studies to profoundly address them.
National irrigation shows Ethiopia plans to develop 124,000 hectare of land through modern irrigation and employee 30,000 fresh graduates.
The country hope the sector could give remedy the increasing unemployment rate which is currently at 19.5%.
Irrigation is one of the grates sector can afford huge amount of number employees in Ethiopia, said panelists from different private and government organizations who were gathered at the Water Week.
Ethiopia has 2.7 million hectare of land potential for irrigation but, failed to satisfy its food needs. The country still spends hundreds of million dollar waste for wheat annually.