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Ethiopia: Ministry executing over half billion birr water projects

Addis Ababa, August 22, 2009 (Addis Ababa) -The Ministry of Water Resource has been executing various water and sanitation projects across the country at a cost of over half a billion birr.
Design and construction of water projects in Raya area of Tigray State, and Kobogera area of Amhara State is well in progress, public relations and communication work process head with the Ministry, Bezuneh Tolcha told ENA .
The ministry has also been executing water and sanitation projects in Mekele Town of Tigray State and Wolkite Town of South Ethiopia Peoples' State.
The project being constructed in Raya area has a capacity to develop 18,000 hectares of land. Currently sinking of 80 of 100 water wells has been finalized, he said. The project is expected to benefit 72,000 farmers.
The head said 68,000 farmers benefit from the Kobogera project through developing 17,000 hectares of land.
Both the Raya and Kobogera projects are being executed with budget earmarked by the government.
The Mekele Town water and sanitation project will benefit over 500,000 people. The construction cost is covered by the government and loan obtained from the World Bank.
According to the head, feasibility study, signing of loan agreement and procurement of equipment, among others, has been finalized for the Wolkite Town water and sanitation project.

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