August 25, 2021

Halhale Dairy Farm

Halhale Dairy Farm

By Sabrina Solomon
Halhale Dairy Farm demonstrates the development strategy of Eritrea which aims at transforming the economy and the lives of the people. To provide dairy products at a fair price and stabilize the market, 660 cattle were imported from Germany at the end of 2017 and placed at the newly established Halhale Dairy Farm, Southern region, which is around 550 hectares.

As Mr. Tekle, the manager of the farm puts it, “After they were imported, the animals had trouble adjusting but it was never expected of them to do so. Most of the cows were pregnant and they delivered as soon as they got here. The fact that the newborns were then born into the local reality helped them to adapt to the local climate instantly”. Read more

July 28, 2021

Responding to Local Needs and Transforming Lives

Responding to Local Needs and Transforming Lives

By Dr. Fikrejesus Amahazion
Last Saturday, Eritrea Profile published an article titled, “Gerset Farm Project”, authored by Kesete Gebrehiwet. Well-written, replete with details, and quite interesting, the article provided an enlightening overview of one of the country’s agricultural projects and offered a greater understanding of its overall management, general activities, and production. Taking off from Kesete’s informative article, the following several paragraphs will delve deeper into some of the important development-related issues connected to the project. Read more

June 30, 2021

MoA: Developing Machine to turn Locusts into...

MoA: Developing Machine to turn Locusts into Animal Feed

Eritrea is one of the frontline countries for migratory pests, in general, and desert locust breeding, in particular. Over the years, Eritrea has followed a preventive strategy that focuses on controlling locusts before they mature or start flying.

The strategy has been reinforced by extensive surveillance in breeding areas and establishing a number of duty or surveillance stations as well as utilizing vehicles and scouts. Annually, surveillance is carried out across roughly 500,000 hectares of potential breeding areas. Read more

June 26, 2021

Torch of Development Ignited in Kerkebt sub-zone

Torch of Development Ignited in Kerkebt sub-zone

By: Kesete Ghebrehiwet | Major development undertakings such as the construction of water supply systems, roads, healthcare facilities, and schools have been transforming the lives of most of the residents of the Kerkebet sub-zone.

As one of the most remote areas of the country, it had been neglected by successive colonial rulers. Riverbanks were the only water sources for the residents of the Kerkebet sub-zone before the construction of dams and the installation of water distribution systems following Eritrea’s independence. In the past, people in “Lokayb,” one of the 13 administrative areas of the Kerkebet sub-zone, had no access to potable water and, as a result, they were prone to water-borne diseases. Read more

April 15, 2021

Value Chain Development of Citrus and Banana in...

Value Chain Development of Citrus and Banana in Eritrea


By: Habtom Tesfamichael

The banana plantation was introduced to Eritrea by the Italians in the early 20th century around Fil-Fil and Keren. In 1926, in the Durfo valley near Asmara, a farmer started a small plantation using Bizen and Gross Michel varieties. Then another variety, Dwarf Cavendish, was imported from Somalia. The two former varieties had to be replaced by the new variety because they were susceptible to damage by wind due to their large size. Banana cultivation had to be abandoned in Durfo Valley in 1935 due to the serious shortage of water caused by the diversion of the most important source of water by Durfo Hydroelectric Company. Banana plantations were extended to other parts of the country using the newly imported variety from Somalia in the early 1940s. Read more

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