ADDIS ABABA – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed along with Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki have inaugurated the Batu Dugda irrigation project in Oromia regional state on Monday.
The Batu-Dugda irrigation project currently has a capacity of developing 2,000 hectares of land. The scheme has a potential to develop 15,000 hectares upon the completion of its expansion works.
During the event, Prime Minister Abiy appreciated activities led by top officials of the Oromia Regional State to “maximally utilize the capacity available”.
“Irrigation project is one of our top priorities in the agriculture sector,” he said.
Chief Administrator of Oromia regional state, Shemelis Abdissa and former Prime Minister, Hailemariam Dessalegn, accompanied the two leaders in the inaugural ceremony.
Meanwhile, Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy or MoWIE has signed two irrigation scheme construction deals, said minister Sileshi Bekele on Monday.
The first scheme to be signed by the MoWIE’s Irrigation Development Commission aims at developing 10, 000ha of land in Tigray Region.
Kaza scheme will cost 4 billion birr, according to the Minister.
“We also signed an irrigation rehabilitation scheme of 4600ha irrigation and dike maintenance,” Seleshi added.
“Irrigation is our future to transform agriculture through increased production and productivity of land, water and labor, and create wealth and prosperity,” he said.