21, 2006) An environmental researcher says that a
significant volume of social is being eroded in Ethiopia annually. Utilization
of alternative agriculture methods and changing feeding habits play significant
role to ensure food security and conserve natural resources.
researcher with Forum for Social Studies (FSS),
Dr Daniel Kassahun told ENA that
over 84 million tons of soil is eroded annually from teff farms
particularly in northern and central Ethiopia.
He said one need to plough five times a
farmland to cultivate teff due to in fertility of land because of erosion.
Soil erosion n Ethiopia constitutes 8 per
cent the total global erosion which stands at 25 billion tons, Dr. Daniel said.
He said Ethiopia, Haiti and Lesotho are the
world's worst affected by soil erosion.
The soil erosion is five times high in teff
farmlands than that of plants like chat, vegetables and fruits, Dr. Daniel said.
Accordingly, the cultivation of teff further
escalates soil erosion, he said, adding besides its yield is less than of maize.
One can havest 8.43 quintals of teff per
hectar against 18.8 quintals of maize per hectare, the researcher said, adding
that besides the cultivation of teff is more laborious, Dr. Daniel said.
He said it would be more advisable to
minimize the cultivation of teff and increases that of maize in Ethiopia to
maximize productive and ensure food security.