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Ethiopian farmers to export over 2,000 tons of fish to Sudan


By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

December 3, 2010 (ADDIS ABABA) – Some 200 fish farmers from Ethiopia’s Amhara region will supply 2,400 tons of fish to Sudan’s market, Ethiopia’s zonal agricultural and rural development office has said.

The fishermen from Alfa Taqusa district of North Gonder Zone are engaged in fish harvest from Lake Tana the source of the Blue Nile that also travels through Sudan.

According to the Zonal office, the fish farmers will earn 16.7 million Birr (just over $1 million) from the fish exports to Sudan. Last year the farmers union had earned USD 3.2 million from fish sales.

Ethiopia is a land locked country so its main fish resources are from lakes, rivers and reservoirs.

Although Ethiopia exports some of its farmed fish to countries like Sudan, the east African nation imports substantial amount of processed fish products. But in recent years fish cultivators have been encouraged to start large scale fish farming taking the advantage of investment incentives by government.

Studies indicate that the country has the potential to boost its annual fish production to over 49,000 tons per year possibly through the development of new constructed reservoirs, under-exploited river fisheries and aquaculture.

The country’s export performance report for 2009/2010 indicates that Sudan is continent’s highest importer of Ethiopia’s mainly agricultural products after to Somalia.

Last year, Sudan bought $115 million worth agricultural products from Ethiopia.


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  • 4 December 2010 04:38, by DOOR

    So Ethiopia is overflowing with fishes? well bring some to south and enjoy the price.

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    • 4 December 2010 05:24, by Ajok Garang

      Its a good idea we need more fish in South Sudan and trade is the good tools that create a good state relation when coming to foreign policy making .

      Ajok Garang Ajok .

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      • 4 December 2010 05:36, by DOOR

        Ajok, why were you named Ajok and not Ajoh?
        You don’t deserve the name at all!

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  • 4 December 2010 05:33, by Omoni Atari

    we in Eastern equatoria don’t need fish,they have too many tiny bones that normally killed tthe children and ages.
    If i need maet now,i can get my arrows or gun and go the bush and shoot the animal and bring meat home as simple as that.

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  • 4 December 2010 11:04, by Vaxholm

    Oh tesfa alem. can you tell your leaders to feed the hungry ethiopians there before you feed others. I think its logic to the family you have before you go on to feed your neghbours. So it is as easy as that.

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  • 4 December 2010 11:11, by Vaxholm

    .Woyannes beg even chickens from another third world country.

    (IANS) Corporate and Minorities Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid Thursday flagged off a consignment of 16,000 chicks to Ethiopia[’s ruling party Woyanne].

    The consignment from a Gurgaon-based poultry breeding company, Keggfarms, consists of a variety of chicken branded ’Kuroiler’ that can live and thrive in the resource-poor, foraging village environment and yet produce much more meat and eggs than the existing stocks, the company said in a statement.

    Also part of the consignment are 4,000 Kuroiler hatching eggs.

    This Kuroiler variety is proven to be capable of expressing its genetic potential in a scavenging village habitat. Such chicken can produce up to 150 eggs, compared to 40 from other local varieties.

    ’In the larger sense it represents the potential of an Indian mindset, an Indian approach and an Indian product to play a significant role in the upliftment of the poor in Africa,’ said a Keggfarms spokesperson

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