Favorable climate, availability of land and the incentive packages provided by the Government have all contributed to the phenomenal and successful growth of the floriculture sector in the last 14 years.
Ethiopia now has 72 active flower farms and is the second largest flower producer and exporter inAfrica next toKenya.The country is noted for high quality flowers.In addition to the rose farms, 6 farms areengaged in production of cuttingsand 17 farms produce a variety of other flower varieties, including Carnations, Hypericum, Veronica, Alstromeria, Gypsophila and a range of other types of flowers.
Although Ethiopia has a long tradition of producing fruit; e.g. banana, pineapple and mango, for home consumption and export to neighboring countries, it is only recently that investment has been made in larger scale production and int he production of less traditional crops including strawberries, table grapes and passion fruits. Currently, there are19operatorsengagedinlargescale and modern fruit production and this isseen asanarea that has enormous potential for development.
Atpresent, there are 31 vegetable exporting farms through hout the country. Thesefarms produce a wide variety of vegetable including green beans, snow peas, tomato, paprika, eggplant, baby corn onion and physalis. The availability of fertile land, labour and readily available water together with coldcha in facilities at three airports and a rapidly improving road and railtransportnet work all make Ethiopia the right place to invest in vegetable production.
Ethiopia’s climate is very sui table for the production of herbs and there are many investors that are keen to exploit the potential. Currently, there are four herb producing farms in Ethiopia. The companies already engaged in this sub sector are highly productive and produce over 21 herb varieties including rosemary, tarragon, mint, chives, basil, etc. forexportasfreshproducttomany international market destinations. Production standards are high and all investors in this sector comply with the Good Agricultural Practice and Food Safety standards required for food crops entering the European and other market destinations.