Administration set to expand urban agriculture

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Addis Ababa, 28 January 2014 (WIC) - A plan that enables to expand urban agriculture in Addis Ababa City Administration was prepared, according to Trade and Industry Development Bureau of the Administration. 
Bureau Urban Agriculture Process Leader, Alemayehu Taye, told WIC recently that the plan would help expand urban farming in all ten sub-cities of the administration. 
The plan, expected to involve 11,000 people drawn from 116 Woredas will be realized over the coming six months, Alemayehu said.  
In order to attain the plan, training of trainers (ToT) was given for over 900 health extension workers deploy in the metropolis and other 442   executives, he said.   
During the past six months, agricultural inputs and counseling service were also given to over 24,000 people engaged in fruits, vegetable and crop development as well as animal rearing, he added.
With a view to expanding urban agriculture in the city, the Addis Ababa City Cabinet approved urban farming policy and strategy last Ethiopian budget year, it was learnt.