Ethiopia: Water Engineering for Expanding Small scale Irrigation

Ethiopia:Water Ingineering for Expanding Small scale Irrigation.

The Ethiopian Herald, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 22 November 2015.

Ethiopia is endowed with abundant water resources but due to lack of sufficient technology, knowledge and finance, developing water sources for agriculture and energy is in its infancy stage. Cognizant of this, the government has been expanding higher educational institutions that can train students in water engineering and management; thousands of graduates join the labour market annually. The institutions, to strength their effort and exchange experience in maintaining proper curriculum, established University-Water Sector Partnership.

The partnership was established among Arba Minch, Dilla, Mekelle, Addis Ababa, Hawassa, Bahir Dar, Jimma, Haromaya universities and the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The University- Water Partnership recently made a consultation work shop here in the capital.

At the opening ceremony, State Minister of Water Irrigation and Energy Kebede Gerba said that even though Ethiopia has enormous surface and ground water resources, inequalities in geographical distribution and seasonal variability coupled with scattered settlement patterns are major challenges to meet demands for different uses.

The recent data indicate that out of total water resources only 5 percent of them have been tapped for house hold, agriculture and other uses. And we can understand that, the contribution of water resources to social and economic development is still at the lower level and to reverse the situation all professionals should join hands.

Cognizant of this, the government has been expanding higher educational institutions that can train students in water engineering and management; thousands of graduates join the labour market annually.

According to Kebede, for the improvement of the situation the government show interest to make close relation with the educational institutions. In addition, understanding the resource is a key for water utilization by gauging and monitoring the amount of water and its quality.

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