Farm shifting from perishable to preserved flowers

In a way that makes it different from other horticultural farms the 12-year old company, Gallica Flowers PLC, is pressing ahead with its project on preserving of flowers. Situated at Menagesha, Oromia Special Zone, the Company is known for its quality products. The higher altitude at Menagesha is a comparative advantage for the farm in flowers production.

Cut flowers are the predominant export commodity for our company. But, in order to cope with the major problems faced recently we are shifting from perishable to non-perishable products through preserving of flowers. The new technique would enable us to keep natural flowers fresh for years. “We preserve, package and export flowers. It took us three years to attain here. In so doing, we use a viable but effective technique,”Gallica General Manager Stephane Mottier said.

“The issue of land has not been settled. Though we signed a 30-year contract at the start the regional government came up with a new directive which led us to revoke the previous one and sign a 15-year contract for a twenty-hectare additional land we received.”

Up to know the company has created 350 jobs for youngsters and local household members in the area. The company has the potential to create over 1,000 jobs provided that the land lease issue is settled and the company is allowed to develop the remaining land not yet utilized.

According to the General Manager, the increased cost of inputs and packaging, foreign currency inconsistency, diminishing workers productivity, the changing climatic condition and the excess flower production at global market are some of the challenges the company is expected to work out in order to maintain its track record.

Company Farm Manager Gizachew Wondimu also noted that the company is testing a lot of products presently. “We undertake the task of preserving using a mix of flowers, seeds and herbs. Though our target is the international market we have also sold preserved flowers locally at Sheraton and Hilton hotels.”

The Farm Manager said the company is doing well with regard to CSR. So far we have developed potable water service at three spots for surrounding households. The company is ready to capitalize on corporate social responsibility activities done so far.

Government intervention and close support is quite essential to help overcome obstacles in horticulture investments. The existing investors should serve as an ambassadors. Instead of Dutch auction the company opts for direct market supply to countries in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

EHPEA taking actions to realize Training Institute

One of the services EHPEA has been providing to member farms is training. EHPEA is currently taking meaningful steps to upgrade its training department to institute level in order to support the horticulture farms with full-fledged and need based training programs.

Within this framework, the EHPEA training department and members of related departments attended a training organized in cooperation with the Addis Ababa TVET Agency focusing mainly on training methodology and developing curricula.  Mikias Bekele from the training department of EHPEA indicated that the next step is to finalize the task of curricula preparation and teaching guides to be derived from the occupation standards which are the key requirements for the accreditation of the training institute.

In parallel, the department is also working to share experiences from the Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce on how BMOs bring income generating and demand driven training centers into reality.

Mikias lauded the support and role of the German Training and Development Center – bfz in organizing the training, contacting trainers and providing technical assistance for the establishment of the institute.

Ethiopia formulates first seed policy

Ethiopia has drafted its first ever seed policy aimed at administering the whole seed value chain from production to distribution with the purpose of ensuring a timely and quality supply of seeds to farmers.

The policy covers the activities and involvement of stakeholders in the processes of variety development, production and distribution to smallholder farmers. The policy is believed to help in addressing challenges faced by stallholder farmers in getting quality seeds in a timely fashion.

The policy also aims at enhancing productivity, assuring bio-diversity conservation, maintaining and security, modernizing and developing a globally competent seed industry by giving special emphasis to the private sector.

Further, the policy is expected to enable the country become self-sustained in seed supply, substitute seed imports and generate income from the export of seeds.

The Ethiopian Seed Association noted that the participation of the private sector in improved seed production and supply would be encouraged.

Drafted by a task force drawn from the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ethiopian Development Research Institute over the past two years, the policy was submitted for approval to the council of ministers two months ago.

Company envisages expansion amidst infrastructural bottlenecks

Euro Flora farm says it is doing its level best towards applying and making use of better practices which are said to have been effective in the floriculture development.

In order to make progress the company is now taking robust steps on improving production and productivity as well as employees handling and administration, Company Production Manager Gizachew Eshetu said.

The company has enabled surrounding households get access to basic developmental facilities and it has plan to expand the farm on condition that the challenges of power and water are addressed, according to Mr. Ram Chandra, Euro Flora General Manager.

Relevant experience sharing platform, prompt responses of governmental offices at different levels and support from pertinent sector stakeholders could play a pivotal role in achieving its goals.

With 150 employees, the farm is developing roses in eight greenhouses on eight hectares. The Middle East is its market destination and it imports farm input from South Africa.

Forum stresses quality of export key to horticulture dev’t

With the objective of identifying challenges and opportunities in the horticulture sector, the Ministry of Trade and Industry Thursday held discussion with Fruit, Vegetables and Herbs farm representatives and stakeholders at Nexus Hotel.

Lack of laboratory facilities and absence of local quality parameters have been mentioned as major gaps in maintaining quality of the export products.

The horticulture sector is one of the four sectors whereby the government designed projects to provide close support. Along with textile, leather and agro-processing sectors the World Bank is working to provide support to building capacities in these sectors.

It is to be recalled that the country earned 243 million USD from flower export  and 63.16 million USD from Fruit, Vegetable and Herbs respectively in 2017/18.

Hortiflorexpo IPM Shanghai 2019 opens today

China’s largest horticultural fair, Hortiflorexpo IPM Shanghai, opens today in the Shanghai New International Expo Center. Hortiflorexpo IPM Shangahi is expected to see some 900 exhibitors from 31 countries.

Until its conclusion on April 22, the trade public will find novelties and innovations from the Plants, Horticultural Technology, Floristry and Garden Features areas here. The visitors will not only gain a complete overview of new products and trends. A multifaceted supporting programme will invite them to exchange ideas and will impart the newest horticultural knowledge. The Chinese horticultural sector is becoming increasingly significant. In comparison with the preceding event in 2017, the exhibition area at Hortiflorexpo IPM Shanghai has been enlarged by nearly 25 percent to 50,000 square metres.

Major players in the sector such as EverGreen, Gavita, Dümmen Orange, Zimex, Danziger, Anthura, Deroma, Selecta, Compo, Klasmann-Deilmann and many others are expected to be part of the event. In total, 31 (in 2017: 30) exhibitor nations will be represented at Hortiflorexpo IPM in Shanghai this year: Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, the Netherlands, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, the UK, the United Arab Emirates and the USA. Official joint booths will come from Germany, the Netherlands, Ecuador, Colombia and Taiwan.

Isuzu East Africa introduces Cold Chain Logistic Vehicles

Isuzu East Africa has unveiled their first ever locally assembled Cold Chain logistic vehicles that are improvised to support farmers, hoteliers and a diversity of retailers in transportation of temperature –sensitive farm produce or products from factories to consumers in an entire supply chain with the aim of quality preservation.

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Horticulture waste to soon be turned into organic manure 

In order to address the issue of horticulture waste such as dry leaves and plants from 700 parks and green belts, the Noida Authority plans mass treatment of about five tonnes of horticulture waste per day to turn them into organic manure and sell them at a nominal price to residents. “We have been witnessing a huge pile-up of leaves all across Noida. These leaves have become a problem to deal with. They even trigger fire at a few places. We will now turn these waste leaves into compost,” said Rajeev Tyagi, the general manager of the Noida Authority.

For this, it has roped in experts in organic manure and has begun pilot projects by digging pits for compost in two places, including a Sector 8 nursery and along the Yamuna river front opposite Sector 15 A Park. A third location is being considered.

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How do you grow from 12 rows of strawberries to a company with more than 6 hectares?

Growing from around 2,500 plants to a million plants. That really is a success story. Luc and Steven grow strawberries all year round. Clients sometimes come from afar to taste them. The strawberry vending machine near the entrance of the company turns out to be a veritable magnet for hungry visitors.

The strawberries from Moerkerke turn out to be a desirable delicacy, both for the regular consumer and bakers and restaurants in the region. But how do you grow from 12 rows of strawberry plants to a profitable company with more than six hectares in hardly thirty years?

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SHER Ethiopia to execute school Project

SHER Ethiopia and Adami Tullu Municipality representatives this week visited a site designated by the latter for a school project due to be undertaken.

SHER Ethiopia has planned to construct the school at Adami Tullu site situated in Jiddo Kombolcha District, East Shoa zone, Oromia Regional State.

The company has allocated a total of 36 million birr for the project which comprises kindergarten to preparatory level.

Company representatives and town mayor visited the selected site with the objective of reaffirming the school construction in which the foundation will be set after a month with the presence of relevant stakeholders,
community leaders, Abba Gedas and the media.

According to SHER Ethiopia General Manager, Abera Mamo, the first phase of the project, set to be finalized in September 2019, will be able to enroll 300-400 children at primary level.

Ethio-Agriceft urges employees to take advantage of CBHI

Ethio-Agriceft, Agriflower Holeta has taken a bold step towards engaging in community-based health insurance program. With a view to creating awareness, company senior executives have contributed their first membership fees and called on the rest employees to follow through and become CBHI scheme beneficiary.

In Ethiopia, the CBHI initiative was set up as a community based health project that gathers payments made by members to cover basic health care costs at local health care centers whenever any member of the group is sick.

The program was launched in Ethiopia since 2011 and it has been implemented at various governmental, non-governmental and communities levels until now.

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