EHPEA COVID-19 task force team organized a virtual training on COVID-19 workplace Protocol Implementation Practices.

EHPEA COVID-19 task force team organized a virtual training on COVID-19 workplace Protocol Implementation Practices. The training delivered with the objective of sensitizing the workers in response to the pandemic on their daily work place movement and promote the implementation of best practices. On the training 28 assigned focal person from the farms were in attendance.

The training followed as part of the activity plan on the developed “COVID-19 Workplace Protocol” in May 2020, to be used in the horticulture sector with an objective to mitigate the adverse impact of the pandemic. The protocol outlined specifically to highlight the importance of strong mitigation systems in the workplace, particularly concerning COVID-19 prevention and containment measure to assist the farms to build strong healthy workplaces and create a platform to exchange best practices of each farms in response of COVID-19.

On the virtual training participants reflected their opinions that the protocol and the posters provided by the association benefited the farms to educate their employees. They also raised and discussed their challenges such as; shortage of quality fabric mask and disinfectant materials, even though the farms tripled their employees service bus availability regardless of the cost they face space allocation difficulty on a daily base are the major issues.

Most of the farms expressed their preparedness by allocating an isolation area for suspected cases in the future and establishing communication with the nearest health bureau. In addition to this farms continuously avail face masks, hand washing facility and temperature check-up with in their compound.

At the conclusion participants stressed on government due attention in reaching out the surrounding community to raise awareness towards the spread of the pandemic.

Attracting investment to the horticulture sector in Ethiopia

Ministry of Agriculture and EHPEA hosted a public-private dialogue webinar on ‘Attracting investment to the horticulture sector in Ethiopia’ today June 11, 2020. The webinar was a great platform to present the horticulture sector-major bottlenecks and the way forward discussed at length. On the opening of the webinar dialogue H.E Ato Umer Husen Minister, Ministry of Agriculture stated that the horticulture sector is the country’s major foreign currency contributor next to coffee with a promising potential to solve food inflation in the near future. He also added that the Ministry will continue on creating such kind of platform to solve the challenges of the sector by working closely with the sector players.

The Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association, Executive Director Ato Tewodros Zewdi, briefly articulated the main challenges of the sector such as; to identify horticulture cluster for new investment and expansion, design a horticulture policy, the betterment of electric power and internet infrastructure, investment incentives for input suppliers and propagators, out-grower scheme and cool chain management system which needs a quick action to support the investment.

Pertinent government officials, H.E Ato Wondale Habtamu state Minister of MoA, Ato. Hailu Jelde Commissioner, Oromia Investment Commission, Dr. Getahum mekonnen D/bureau head of Amhara Industry, and investment bureau expressed their readiness to support the sector. The webinar concluded by taking assignments to address the mentioned challenges and potential to the responsible government institutions.

Company representatives from the existing horticulture producer and exporters participated on the webinar.

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