It is to be recalled that President Isaias Afwerki gave extensive briefings pertaining to domestic, regional and international issues in an interview he conducted from the 6th to 8th of September 2013 with local media outlets. Excerpts of the first part of the interview follow:
Your Excellency, according to the Geez Calendar we are shifting from the rainy season to the harvest season, so our first question will be in relation to food security. As it is common in this region, this year’s rainy season was not satisfactory. What is the government’s national plan to utilize the many dams and wells it has been constructing so as to yield a concrete result in agriculture and agro-industry? How far have we gone in this respect?Rain is not dependable. If we take for instance the record of the amount of rain in the past, we would ultimately come to the conclusion that there is no other option than freeing ourselves from depending solely from rain. If we could be able to collect the rain and use it in the places we want and in amount we control, we would be able to manage well even in seasons where there is no enough rain. However, we cannot altogether be free from rain-fed agriculture. That is why we need to ask what we need in order to make the transition towards an agricultural practice where irrigation plays predominant role and where our yield goes beyond consumption to become export oriented.
A sculptural display depicting the injustice of Ethiopian occupation forces was staged yesterday along the city center of Asmara. The exhibition that highlights real experiences of mass slaughter of innocent people in She’ib, Anbori and Weki-Duba areas was inaugurated by Ms. Amna Mohammed Shimbilai, who was rescued surprisingly from the dreadful massacre in She’ib involving tank run over alive people numbering more than 400.