Ethiopia: Business – Two cooperative unions in the Konso area and around Karat start their gold mining activities

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Addis Ababa — Two cooperative unions in Lehayite Kebele, Karat Woreda, Konso Zone of Southern Nationalities and Peoples (SNNP) Regional State started their gold mining activities on April 20 with around 100 unemployed youths organized into two blocks under the two cooperatives, the Konso zone communication office said.

The Bureau said gold, granite and other precious metals have been discovered in the Konso area.

Gelgelo Gelsho, Deputy Administrator and Head of Trade and Market Development Department of Konso Zone, Tesfaye Chare, Zone Government Whip, Oda Otoman, Chairman of Konso Zone Council and other senior zone officials and the surrounding Karat woreda initiated the start of gold mining activities by the youths of Lehayite Kebele.

Two blocks of gold production sites have been set up covering 8 hectares of land in the area, according to a survey conducted using GPS data in the area. Subsequently, the two local cooperative unions were formed to work on gold mining activities, said Mentesnot Lemita, head of the zonal water, mining and energy development department.

Deputy Administrator Gelgelo Gelsho on his part called on the people of Konso to focus on strengthening the gold mines in a way that will help supply gold to the world market and rebrand the people’s background. Konso in mining activities.

Tesfaye Chare shared the Deputy Administrator’s messages and added that the Konso area has not benefited from its mineral resources and there is a need to intensify the ongoing gold mining activities, which not will not only create job opportunities for local youth, but also contribute to the Konso. development of the area, region and country. He further pledged that the government will work in coordination with the two cooperative unions and their members organized in Lehayite Kebele of Karat surrounding Woreda.

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