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Ethiopia Is Using Radiation to Eradicate Tsetse Flies



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Ethiopia Is Using Radiation to Eradicate Tsetse Flies

Worku Tegegne pets his cow in Ghibe Valley, southwest of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which is suffering from bovine trypanosomosis, transmitted by tsetse flies

Ethiopia Is Using Radiation to Eradicate Tsetse Flies

By Marthe Van Der Wolf

VOA News

ADDIS ABABA — Ethiopia is winning the battle against the tsetse fly, using what officials say is safe nuclear technology.

The project to battle livestock-menacing tsetse flies started in April in a laboratory on the outskirts of the capital. The key weapon? Radiation.

Terzu Daya, the director the lab, explains how it works.

“The purpose of radiation is to make them [tsetste flies] to be sterile," said Daya. "If you avoid further generation, so that the tsetse fly can be eradicated. The main secret behind this is that, once female flies mate with the male, she will not mate again in her life. That’s the advantage."

After the sterilization, a plane spreads thousands of non-productive tsetse flies every Wednesday in various parts of Ethiopia, especially along riverbed breeding grounds. So far, more than a million laboratory flies have been released. Now sterilized flies outnumber fertile flies, eight to one.

Thomas Cherenet, the director general of the Southern Tsetse Eradication Project, says the program is safe, effective and will not affect the delicate food chain balance.

"They [the tsteste flies] are not even used in the food chain," said Cherenet. "They are not used for any animal to be fed."

The tsetse fly is only found in Africa and poses threats to both humans and livestock. The blood sucking fly spreads a parasite which causes trypanosomiasis and attacks the central nervous system. In humans the disease is commonly called sleeping sickness. In cattle and other livestock it is called nagana. Its symptoms are similar to malaria and it can kill, if left untreated. Tens of millions of Africans and their livestock are at risk each year.

Cherenet says the radiation project to eradicate the tsetse is having a quick and positive impact. He notes that the livestock population has tripled this year.

“Production and productivity of the animal increases when it is healthy," said Cherenet. "In some places the crop has increased, that means they have a good plug power of the animal. And, the milk production increases, and the meat production increased so this is a benefit they got.”

More than 80 percent of Ethiopians depend on livestock production and agriculture.

The radiation project is funded and promoted by the International Atomic Energy Agency. IAEA Director General Yukiya sees great potential for this nuclear technology in the world.

“Tsetse flies is one of the examples," said Yukiya. "This same technology can be used for fruit flies. In Guatemala and in a part of Argentina they have applied this technology to eradicate fruit flies. And, thanks to this technology, they can export oranges and other citrus fruits to a very prosperous market in northern America.”

The IAEA also funded and promoted the first breakthrough tsetse radiation project in Zanzibar in 1997. The same technology is what is now being copied in Ethiopia. But Amano says that the success of Zanzibar does not guarantee success in all other places.

“The geographical situation is important," said Amano. "If the area is isolated, like an isolated island like Zanzibar, it is easy that the insect will not come in again.”

While Ethiopia is trying its best to get rid of the tsetse fly for good, insects on the continent have the strong capacity of moving. African Union Commissioner of Technology Rhoda Peace Tumuslime says that other countries need to commit to eradicate the fly as well.

“The tsetse flies, they know no border," said Tumuslime. "So each country should ensure that they control, so eventually we will eradicate tsetse flies from the continent.”

Complete eradication of the tsetse flies is expected to take several decades.


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Comment from: Lemma [Visitor]

“….Now sterilized flies outnumber fertile flies….”

A One Child Policy - Ethiopian Style!

11/15/12 @ 00:13
Comment from: Gebru [Visitor]

WOW ! It’s amazing, our Ethiopia under EPRDF participating in every front to development “ADDIS ABABA — Ethiopia is winning the battle against the tsetse fly, using what officials say is safe nuclear technology.” We also defeat Idiots in the diaspora too… Long Live Ethiopia !!!

11/15/12 @ 02:37
Comment from: C'est moi senait [Visitor]
C'est moi senait

Come on . We should use it to clean up dirty weyannes that are infecting Ethiopian history. These latest charities new silent weapon of mass distraction to eliminate the Amhara population like the British did to aborigines and Indians in 1888
Where is UN. human right etc….. This is to kill slowly the Amhara population by contaminating their food and drinks.

This is a NEW TYPE OF Genocides carried by western charities and their slave weyanne.

We have to warn the world. These Pentecost and johova are killing our ppl. by radiation. By year 2020 we will wittness a mass cancer related sickness that we ethiopians have never had before. Childerens will be born with two heads,4hands or nothing at all…….THE AMHARE POPULATION WILL DIE LIKE NATIV INDEA OF USA.


11/15/12 @ 03:01
Comment from: gudfela [Visitor]

Well, I hope we can hear from true Ethiopian scientists. I doubt the foreign journalists will tell the truth. Radiation means literally the sterilization of Ethiopians. Plus, I have never heard Ethiopia is facing major problem from tse tse flies. This disease is prevalent in West Africa than in Ethiopia. If they say Malaria then that is understandable. Thus the message here is read between the lines, “radiation” has the ability to travel throughout the environment and will stay for longer period of times. When animals or humans come in contact, the result is CANCER or STERILIZATION. After all, that is why Bill Gates is in Ethiopia, to control Ethiopian population. When are Ethiopians are organizaing to identify such plight going on in Ethiopia? Ethiopia is being attacking from every corner.

11/15/12 @ 03:06
Comment from: Cest moi senait [Visitor]
Cest moi senait

The British gave blanket smeared with smallpox to indias in 1880 , the same method used to Aborigine in Australia.nazi dropped porcelain bombs co taint billions of plague infected fleas over Serbia. This radiation is easily propagate in nature and humans. Influenzas ability to travel from one person to an other propelled by sneeze or cough or even by touching the clothes of an infected person enable it to leapfrog lethal pandemics in Ethiopia .

Things that you don’t see or smell is a new type of western latest 21st century mass destruction . Your weyanne leader died of NANO-tech poison that can never be detected.
Every time you buy your cup of coffee from wall mart or other, they may contain a Nano tech sweeting xxxxxx thing. You can not see or smell it.
Welcome to hill.

The 21st. genocid has started in Ethiopia to eradicate poverty as they(weyanne pentcont PM and western charities)claim to reach the so called UN millennium goal but here we are witnessing. A new type of modern silent genocide to eliminate the amharans from planet earth.

Whoever behind this ,it is a work of Devil financed by western parasites charities.

The mass killing of Amhara has started.

11/15/12 @ 03:55
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]

Gebru ,you are the once Idiot person swalling as pig all fake information chanelled by your agazi bandit bros to entertain western donator groups .By the way ,can you explain to peoples how to sterelize ste ste flies with radiation , maybe like Stars War….LOL !!! does it mean Little tyrant HMD has become Darvador or the Return of the Dead CM from the Outer World to eradicate tse tse flies…LOL !!!!!

11/15/12 @ 04:38
Comment from: Gebru [Visitor]

@ TEDDY [Visitor]

First of All Thank You !
If is that makes you happy…I believe now you must be one of those scientists in the diaspora..

11/15/12 @ 06:10
Comment from: Extraterrestrial [Member]

Eradicating tsetse fly is part of the GoE policy towards food sufficiency. Tsetse fly is a serious cattle killer and there have several times in Ethiopian history where animals for farming was wiped out leading to famine. There have been times where one or two oxes left in a village for farming where a village have to use them in a routine one family after another.

It is a wonderful work this project is doing to the farmers mostly in western and southern regions where the tsetse flies is concentrated.

11/15/12 @ 06:19
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]

Welcome ,Gebru so Little Tyrant HMD is also a Nuclear Specialist .By the
way when the Next Nuclear electrical Plant, as the usual the Biggest in the World ,to be built in Ethiopia to furnish African Countries as the whole …LOL !!!!

11/15/12 @ 06:39
Comment from: C'est moi senait [Visitor]
C'est moi senait



Just remember what I said today.

In coming 5 years and so the decline of Amhara population will be evidence. Their orthodox churches will be demolished because there will be no one to attend there and the new rapid growing religious like the one this new PM has and extremist Islam will replace it.


This is beyond a recognition the crime committed by weyannes to eradicate the Amhara population.

11/15/12 @ 07:03
Comment from: [Member]
5 stars

Wow! I heard Senait arogite and TEDDY the coocoo asshole shabian are both Tsetse flies who are sterilized by the new method. Thank God they will never reproduce more annoying stupid creatures like them.

11/15/12 @ 08:30
Comment from: ETHIO.VISTOR [Visitor]



Ur’s observation is based on the facts and truth.

F*en TPLF GERED! I am fed up of listenning ur’s “the same shit different day” EPRDF preaching. I think u are showing us one of the characteristics of mental maniac self-destructed neurotic-tegre TPLF-LEBA who failed to evaluate matters according to their objective merit.I wonder why u engaged in chronic process of self-sacrifice on daily basis @ FAK-@GAMES hungout!

11/15/12 @ 09:12
Comment from: kul [Visitor]
5 stars

ትናንት ኢዜአ ሆዬ ““ኢትዮጵያ የኑክሌር ቴክኖሎጂን ሰላማዊ የልማት አጀንዳዋን ለማሳካት ብቻ ጥቅም ላይ ለማዋል ቁርጠኛ መሆኗን ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር አቶ ሃይለማሪያም ደሳለኝ ገለጹ”” አለና ዘገበ:: እንዴ?!?! እንዴት ነው ነገሩ??? አዲሱ ጠቅላያችን መመርቀን ጀመሩ ወይስ……

በኢትዮጵያ የቆላ ዝንብን ለማጥፋትና ካንሰርን ለመቆጣጠር ስለሚደረገው ጥረት ለመነጋገር ኢትዮጵያ የመጡት የአለም አቀፉ አቶሚክ ኢነርጂ ኤጀንሲ ዋና ዳይሬክተር ዩኪያ አማኖ ኢትዮጵያ የኑክሌር ቴክኖሎጂን ሰላማዊ የልማት አጀንዳዋን ለማሳካት ብቻ ጥቅም ላይ ለማዋል ቁርጠኛ ስለመሆኗ ከጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር አቶ ሃይለማሪያም ሲሰሙ ምን እንደተሰማቸው ኢዜአ ባይነግረኝም እኔ ግን በዉስጣቸዉ ፍርፍር ብለው እንደሳቄ ገምቻለሁ::

11/15/12 @ 11:00
Comment from: ment4you [Visitor]
5 stars

Addis Zefzef and Gebru

You two are idiot TPLFs with a brain of a tsetse fly. You sit here claiming everything TPLF under the sky in Ethiopia.

We understand that your very survival is tied to TPLF and nothing to do with Ethiopia. How about devising a lasting plan that will give you a better chance instead?

Never mind I guess that is beyond your brain capacity….poor idiots!!!

11/15/12 @ 11:18
Comment from: [Member]

Oops, I forgot that they also tried to sterilize the other Tsetse fly ment4you arogite, but missed and instead the radiation fried her ass. Now she cannot go out or can’t make out with people, making her a hopeless, sad, lonely:-( b!tch.

11/15/12 @ 11:53



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