Asmera is a civilized city with large public gardens, colourful flower beds, paved roads and satisfactory hotels. I went to the governor of Asmera to surrender the arms, no longer needed. The governor invited me to supper in the evening, so that I could meet all the local dignitaries. Among the guests there was a director of the Department of Agriculture, Dr Benedictis.  A plan was worked out for a new itinerary, in which Dr Benedictis himself took part. It was necessary to have a look at all the main areas of Eritrea and to visit an experimental estate of a scientist by the name of Balderati.  He was an agronomist who had worked there for many years and was the author of a beautiful work on the ecology of Eritrea.