aqmada [Amharic]

In Ethiopia, a unit used for grains. It is both a unit of capacity, the capacity of a large sheepskin or goatskin bag, and of mass, 50 to 60 kilograms. Compare laden.

In the old days we used to sow 16 laden (sheepskin bags) of seeds and harvest 15 aqmada (large sheepskin bags). Now the land has been completely eroded by floods.

Transcript of interview with Negussie, March 1997.
Oral Testimony Project of the Panos Institute.
On the web at www.mountainvoices.org/testimony.asp%3Fid=14.html Accessed 4 January 2009.

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