Tsetse Fly Control Project to be Launched

Addis Ababa Nov. 14 (ENA) The Ministry of Agriculture announced that a project aimed at controlling trypanomiasis through agricultural activities to be undertaken by settlers in the areas affected would soon be launched at a cost of 58 million birr.

Animal health technology and control team leader with the ministry, Dr. Wondwossen Asfaw, told ENA that an action programme is being formulated at present in a bid to implement the five-year project in Oromia, Amhara, Gambella and Benshangul-Gumuz states.

The project would specially be launched on 5,000-square kilometer land in the Rift Valley areas of Wama and Dedessa, Oromia State, the team leader said.

He said the European Union has recently pledged to contribute more than 49 million birr to underpin the project, the remaining 9 million birr would be covered by the Ethiopian Government.

According to Dr. Wondwossen, between 150,000 and 200,000 square kilometers of lowland in Ethiopia are infested with tsetse flies.