Medium and small-scale irrigation dams are under construction in Oromia Regional State with an outlay of over 13 billion Birr, ENA.
Oromia Regional State Chief Administrator, Shimelis Abdisa and senior federal government officials, including Macroeconomic Adviser to the Prime Minister Girma Biru, and National Bank of Ethiopia Governor Yinager Dessie visited irrigated wheat farms today.
Speaking on the occasion, the chief Administrator said many farmers are now pumping water from rivers and irrigating wheat in the region.
According to him, about 20,000 high-powered and medium-sized water pumps have been distributed to farmers.
Wheat is being cultivated on over 355,000 hectares of land in the entire zones of Oromia, Shimelis pointed out, adding that about 270,000 hectares of land is being prepared for cultivation in the second phase.
The region has also planned to irrigate one million hectares of wheat next dry season and the regional government is building irrigation dams and digging deep wells, it was learned.
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