The Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association (EHPEA) in collaboration with Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) will be hosting the Ethio-Horti International Conference 2020, with a theme “The Future is Horticulture and Horti-Business” to be held in Addis Ababa, February 28-29, 2020.
The conference organized with the objective to build investment assurance by addressing the main challenges of the sector and create a platform between government and the industry players to smoothen the business doing climate by taking priorities into consideration in fine-tuning the relevant rules and policies.
The Ethio-Horti International Conference 2020 comprises a mix of unique activities such as; Panel discussions on the bottleneck of sector, Mini-expo; showcasing trade and investment opportunities as well as produce of horticulture operators in Ethiopia and Group excursion to the farms are among the program schedule.
Policy makers, members of the private sector, top rated international/local speakers, key agricultural business leaders, celebrated academicians and researchers, international players of the flowers, fruit and vegetable seed companies are expected to attend the conference.
As a sizable portion of the agriculture sector, horticulture industry has managed to attract more and more investments to the country in the past 15 years with the unceasing efforts of the local and foreign investors who have been able to raise the sector from scratch.
The national goal of attaining a middle income economy could not be achieved without holistic development in agriculture in general and the flourishing horticulture in particular.
The horticulture sector is one of the five largest contributor of export income for the country by earning 315.14 million USD in the year 2018/19. Floriculture contributes much of the share around 79% while the expanding vegetable, fruits, and herbs have 21% share of the revenue. The sector created employment opportunity for over 200,000 Ethiopians.
Currently over 130 international and local investors are operating in Ethiopia’s horticulture sector, exporting to the Netherlands, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Norway, Belgium, UAE, France, Japan, Italy, and the United States, among others.
Above all, this industry played an indispensable role in demonstrating better practices which could transform the livelihood of smallholder farmers, by contributing towards training and capacity building of rural local communities.