Endowment Council holds its 3rd annual session 

The organization’s high level management organ is a council with 17 members. 5 of those council members constitute the management board which meets every six months to give a strategic leadership. Accordingly, in its annual meeting convened in August 2008, the council held discussions on various issues. Following thorough deliberations, the council approved the endowment’s performance report and a development plan for the coming fiscal year. Further, it expressed appreciation to the remarkable performance of the projects and the companies.

 Board conducts its 8th regular session

The Dejena endowment management board held its 8th regular session in August 2008 in Mekelle town, the capital of Tigray Regional State in the presence of the endowment’s executive members and company managers. The meeting was commenced after board chairman of the endowment Tekleweini Assefa assured the presence of attendants and invited amendment of the already proposed agendas or any additional ones. The meeting mainly focused on checking whether decisions passed during the 7th session are put into practice, on issues concerning the HQ of the endowment, the overall performance and budget utilization of the companies and of the ongoing projects, as well as audit reports among other issues.

On its meeting the board, furthermore, decided for more attention to be given to experts handling, top level executers to work towards boosting the working sprit of employees and convey their good experiences to grass root level, to advance ongoing efforts on forage development, as well as convert the existing best practices in to a working system. Discussions on a proposed working plan for 2008/09 and setting of goals and objectives of the proposal were also part of the agendas at the meeting. The board session came to a conclusion following the approval of the proposed work plan and budget for 2008/09 fiscal year.

 Management visits ongoing projects

While the feasibility study and implementation of projects is the responsibility of the Business Development Department of Dejenna endowment, the respective managers and workers attend the ongoing activities and closely follow up the construction processes through monitoring and evaluation every time. In view of this, a team of members of the  by the CEO visited the ongoing projects of the endowment.

The visit of the management members was aimed at solving the problems of the companies to further cheering up their performance. The visiting team was surprised by the outstanding performance and fast progress it witnessed in some of the ongoing projects of dejena endowment. Members of the management team were excited to see Romanat flexible packaging enter the phase of machine installation, and Maichew particle board factory on its way to start operation with the combined efforts of the workers, contractors, the government and the local community. The clearing of cactus trees and the subsequent preparation of 250 hectares of land for agro processing investment at Golgol raya was also found to be the other promising work by which the visiting team expressed its gratitude to the project managers.

 The management team also visited selam flower project, a share business firm, which is located in the Sebeta area of the Oromia regional state. In its visit, the team looked around the ongoing green house construction, land preparation, flower plantation, and drip irrigation activities. In this area a study of drip irrigation, design, and installation works are on progress by a sister company, Beruh Tesfa plastic factory. Though the management members were supervising the projects at individual level, the group visit was believed to be more helpful in understanding and addressing problems facing the ongoing development projects.

Endowment investing on human resource development

Dejenna focuses for the already planned and implemented our human resources management to empower and squeeze effort of employees and commit them to the future performance of the companies. According to Ato Yehalu Feseha, Executive Officer for Human Resource Development of Dejena,  the work force has currently reached over 1000, from only half that size two years back. Most of the employees are found in the productive age range with high moral and decent working culture.

 He added the Endowment has introduced various incentives and capacity building schemes for its employees. Allowed 68 workers to attend part time education, cover 100% of the employees’ medical expenses from 80% previously,  workmen compensation insurance has also been replaced by a better one; the group personal accident, to boost their confidence on the organization. Increment has also been made on workers’ transport allowance to adjust it with the recent ascent. The endowment also arranges field trips and get- together programs on week ends with a view to further improving the working atmosphere and building up the team sprit of its workers. Salary increment and adjustment, and bonus payments are also part of our incentive scheme.

  Our trainings cover 16 major topics applicable to leadership and marketing. Trainings in leadership are provided to middle and top level managers, while those in marketing are given to the rest of our staff. So far around 450 of our workers have been given short term trainings. Five of the trainings are given by our staff members. we are planning to continue our capacity building programs in a better and broader way to train experts, executives, and the workers.

  Factory playing a role in agricultural dev’t, water supplies

Beruh tesfa plastics factory is contributing to the development of the agricultural sector and the improvement of water supply in different parts of the country. Thus far it has carried out irrigation development work on 24 hectares of land owned by golgol raya agro-processing in Kara adishibo area of southern Tigray. Using its own products and professionals, it installed filtration and fertigation equipments with a single comprehensive head system on a single well. The factory, which was working on the project since its feasibility study, has handed it over following the completion of installation.

 Similarly, the factory is working on a federal government owned irrigation development project located in Alamata and Mekoni areas on 220 hectares of land. On these irrigation farms it installed six head systems, each with an irrigating capacity of 35-45 hectares of land, on six wells. The head systems are equipped with fertigation and filtration machineries in a way that saves time and man power. The factory, which has been running the project all the way from design to installation, is on its way to complete and hand it over within one month time.

 Beruh tesfa plastics factory is having another important role on water supply schemes. The Amhara, Tigray, and Afar regional states are using the factory’s plastic products for their water supply projects due to their suitability for pipeline expansion on the rugged topography. The water and sanitation offices of most of the districts in Tigray, the Bahir Dar town of Amhara region, and nine towns in Afar region are using the products for their water supply projects. Currently the factory is introducing a supply management system with a view to delivering services that meet international standard. 

 Golgol raya agro-processing steps forward

Golgol raya agro-processing company was established with the objective of bringing about agricultural transformation through the introduction of modern irrigation system. Following the high crop yield obtained from its demonstration site last year, the agro-processing has been attracting the attention of the local communities. With its main goal of producing and processing fruits and vegetables for market supply, last year it started modern irrigation on 12 hectares of land using irrigation pipes produced by Beruh Tesfa plastics factory. From 4.7 hectares of land alone and within just three months the company produced 192184 K.gs of vegetable. This shows that it is possible to get a yearly income of 1million Birr from one hectare of land by producing three times a year.

Besides, the company is benefiting the nearby towns through supplying different types of fruit and vegetable. Likewise, the company’s development activities have enabled the surrounding communities to adopt new irrigation technologies which are found to be helpful in transforming their agricultural activities.

 

Gabion playing role on flood protection

Due to its physical susceptibility, the Waja town and its environs suffer from repeated flooding, claiming lives and causing damages on property, farm land and the entire infrastructure. Bearing in mind the threat of flooding on the natural environment and the road infrastructure, the Ethiopian roads authority is striving to come up with a lasting solution to this problem by using gabions. Currently the authority is constructing a 12 km long flood control terracing along its Kombolcha-Adigrat road project using gabions bought from Dejena Endowment’s National Geo-Textile Factory. Particularly it is exerting efforts to protect the flood hazard from the drainages of Abahoy garaw and Romede Rivers using this technology.

The products of National Geo-textile Factory, which are up to the required standard and quality, have proved to be most effective in flood protection as well as soil and water conservation activities. The local communities are supporting the flood protection project and are happy that the government is solving the flooding problem from which they had been suffering for years.

 Factory, distributors sign agreement

Maichew Particleboard Factory has begun supplying both laminated and non-laminated standard quality particle boards, which serve as input in construction, office furniture and household utensils. The factory supplies its products to local and foreign markets through distributors. Its marketing system is assisted by modern technology so as to broaden its sphere of influence, facilitate product distribution and satisfy customers’ demand. To facilitate this, the factory announced an auction subsequent to the identification of cost effective distribution centers in regional towns of the country.

 Accordingly, those with better business realities were chosen as distributors. Those distribution centers which were not selected by the auctioneers are handed over to direct applicants. Further more, considering the factory’s product supply and consumption demand in Addis Ababa, some auctioneers are given more than one distribution centers. After giving a chance for the distributors to comment on the draft proposal, the agreement was signed between factory high level officers and the distributors on contractual basis in the compound of Maichew Particle Board Factory on 16 Nov. 2008.