Ethiopia inaugurates gold detector plant to help artisan miners
London, August 6, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Gold detector devices assembly plant which helps artisans to detect and explore gold faster has been inaugurated in Addis Ababa, Ethiopian capital on Monday
The plant owned by the Dubai based Al Hilali Group assembles the gold detector devices in partnership with Minelab Metal Detectors of Australia.
“The devices help artisan gold miners to explore wider areas in a modern way,” Mineral, Petroleum and Bio-fuel Corporation (EMPBC) CEO Mulugeta Seid said.
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According to him, the use of these technologies by artisan miners would rescue the sharply falling earnings from gold in the past five years.
The corporation will supply the detectors to the youth with affordable service payments to create employment.
The assembled devices will be tested in real gold fields, the CEO added.
Minelab Metal Detectors President, Peter Charlesworth said the devices detect small nuggets and fine-threaded specimen gold in mineralized soils about a meter deeper.
According to him, his company started producing the detecting devices 30 years ago and is well experienced especially in gold detection around the world.
Al Hilali Group General Manager, Amged el-Rashid said the price for the different models of the detector devices ranges from 65,000 birr to 350,000 birr.
The devices have been proved effective by artisan miners in six African countries, he stated.
During the last fiscal year, Ethiopian artisan miners produced 582.84 kilograms of gold and generated around $20.6 million export revenue, which is $11.6 million down compared to the previous fiscal year, according to the annual report of the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum
The gold detector devices plant is seen as a great boots in helping to aciveve the target of government’s target of $689.7 from artisan gold miners.