ADDIS ABABA, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- Ethiopia's Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources on Friday revealed its plan to lift close to 7.9 million rural Ethiopians from absolute poverty.
The ministry, currently evaluating major activities implemented during the just concluded 2016-2017 fiscal year, revealed the East African country's plan to improve the economic conditions of 7.9 million Ethiopians, mainly in the rural part of the country.
Ethiopia, as part of its agenda 2025, aspires to become a middle-income country.
Damene Darota, Ethiopian State Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources, indicated that the plan is part of Ethiopia's second five-year Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP II), due effective from 2015 to 2020.
Close to 6.6 million of them, who are able to engage in various economic activities, were provided the opportunity to participate through climate conservation, irrigation development, and similar other agricultural activities during the past 6 months, Darota indicated.
Darota said the remaining 1.3 million economically deprived citizens, who are either physically disabled or older people, are receiving support from the government.