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.

SAEDO projects said well in progress

Social and Environmental Development Organization (SAEDO) is a joint CSR projects at Koka Cluster aimed at implementing diverse environmental and social impact schemes in the community. Florensis Ethiopia, Florensis Abyssinia, Dumen Organe, Syngenta, Almeta Impex , Ethio Vegfru and individual partners are the horticulture companies closely supporting the projects.

Initiated by Florensis Abyssinia to be executed for three years, the joint project has been under implementation since 2014 through implementing various CSR practices in the community.

SAEDO Program Director Mr. Nemwak Ararsa noted that private horticulture companies have high commitment for the successful implementation and benefit of the community.

The integrated CSR plan includes child support which is undertaken by cluster horticulture farms jointly. School development in which all of the farms in the partnership contributed based on the need and reforestation program.

The Program Director said that the project is successful in achieving the ultimate goal of creating good image of the companies in the hearts of the community.

The joint efforts that have been underway by the aforementioned companies are worth applying in other farms in the industry.

Capacity building training boosts farms productivity

The Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association (EHPEA) in partnership with FairTrade Africa provided training to horticultural farm representatives in Adama April 9-11, 2019.

Opening the training program EHPEA Training Department Head Mikiyas Bekele said that a concerted and well-organized training is instrumental in boosting productivity and unleashing the intact possibilities of the horticulture sector.

He said that the training is aimed at developing skills of selected farms focusing on building their leadership skills. Capacity building training plays a central role in enhancing productivity of the farms.

Some 33 trainees, who attended the training, were drawn from seven horticulture farms already certified by Fair Trade Africa.

The training, which is part of Women School of Leadership project, focused among others on Gender Awareness and Mainstreaming, Developing Self-confidence and Self-esteem, Group Cohesion and Principles of
Cooperation as well as Human Rights and Women's Human Rights topics.

The need for improving workplace women’s health and empowerment

Women in Africa represent around 45 percent of workers in horticulture, mainly as lower-skilled workers in farms and plantations in global supply chain networks, so remarked at a meeting held by the United Nations Foundation in collaboration with BSR and Her + project in Nairobi, Kenya.

Held with the theme ‘Workplace Women’s Health and Empowerment’ the meeting indicated that women working in agricultural supply chains in Africa often lack basic health information and services needed to live healthy, productive lives, and often face discrimination and challenges to advancement in the workplace.

It was stated at the meeting that women dominate in the sectors — floriculture (75-80%), coffee (70%), tea and cocoa (50%).

It was also noted that lack of access to health care and equality harms not only women workers but also the companies employing them as they see higher rates of absenteeism and turnover and lower rates of productivity.

During the meeting experiences of some companies such as Twinings were raised as an exemplary practice with regard to realizing the importance of investing in the health and empowerment of women workers in Kenya. The company is implementing project with smallholder farmers and tea workers in Kenya, most of whom are women. “Twinings works to provide them with information on reproductive health and family planning, sexually transmitted infections, menstrual hygiene, pre-and post-natal care, nutrition, and non-communicable diseases.”

During the meeting Twinings Social Impact Head Celine Gilart said that healthier, empowered and sustainable communities are essential to ensuring strong supply chains, but also working to improve lives in supply chain is the right thing to do. When women and girls thrive, so do the societies. Thus, it is worth empowering women in Image may contain: 1 person, sitting, table, living room and indoorthe supply chain through health and education.

At a session themed ‘how are business associations taking action to empower workers and farmers?’ Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association (EHPEA) Executive Director Tewodros Zewdie, who was also one of the panelists, pointed out that Ethiopia’s horticulture sector is identified with a lot of success stories in spite of its age. The road ahead is bright for the sector as the government introduced incentives particularly for the sector in the last couple of years.

EHPEA has been taking multiple actions towards improving women’s health and empowerment at workplace, he indicated that modest achievements have been made in a relevant project on women health and empowerment.

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