“We are highly benefited from Kesem Sugar Project,” Inhabitants

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Addis Ababa, 25 June 2014 (WIC) - People residing in Awash Fentale Woreda of the Afar Regional State said that they are highly benefited from Kesem Sugar Project in the area.

Inabitants of Sabure, Deho, Kebena and Boloyita areas told WIC that the Sugar Project has a significant contribution in improving their income.
The villagization program undertaken following the launching of the Project has not only enabled them to get social services but also to raise their incomes significantly. 
According to Ali Amud Asi, one of the residents of Deho Kebele, the inhabitants have got the chance for education, health care, electricity, potable water and grinding services.
He also said the pastoral life style of the people in the area has altogether changed following the villagization program. 
“Previously, we altogether relied only on animal husbandry, Beale Seyale, one of the residents of Sabure kebele said, adding that but now everyone has one hectare of irrigable land.
“Besides, the government has paid compensations for every displaced household,” he added.
Hasna Muhamed, one of the residents of Kebena Kebele, on her behalf expressed that the government has pulled the people out of from the quagmire of poverty.
“The villagization program helped mothers to deliver their child in health facilities and the burden of   women reduced due to the grinding services” she added.