A project briefing on transforming the Ethiopian horticulture sector to a sustainable export alternative proposed by CBI (Centre for the promotion of Imports from developing countries) and Flying Swans Consortium was organized by EHPEA today in the presence of member farms who are engaged in the production of fruit and vegetable production and export business.
During the meeting Mrs. Afke van der Woude, Program Manager at CBI presented that the project aims to capacitate the growers for export and to meet international standards. The project is currently recruiting Ethiopian companies to participate.
Seeing the untapped potential of the Ethiopian Horticulture, especially the current trend on the global avocado market opportunities for Ethiopian avocado growers and exporters, Flying swans Consortium introduced its project on developing Avocado service delivery platform to address mainly the farming, service and agro logistics. Mr. Tom Bouwman, Senior Project Manager presented the about the logistics related bottlenecks solved by the service of Cool Port Addis.
EHPEA in collaboration with Fair Trade Africa (FTA) organized a workshop on “Occupational Safety and Living Wage Determination”. On this workshop representative from International Labor Organization (ILO), Confederation of Ethiopian Trade Union (CETTU), Regional Bureau of social and Labor Affairs, National Federation of Farm Plantation Fishery Agro-Industry Trade Union (NFFPFATU) , and Six Fair trade certified farms discussed the current practices in the horticulture sector in related to Occupational Health and Safety, living wage and brainstorm possible scenarios for future significant practical and constructive solutions toward sustainability.
The need for synergy towards the Ethiopian Horticulture sector doing business climate development stated on the discussion platform organized for Xylella fastidiosa and phytosanitory issues which was held today at Adama, Ethiopia with the presence of H.E Ato. Oumar Hussen, Minister for the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), and other higher officials as well as pertinent stakeholders of the sector.
Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association (EHPEA) , in collaboration with actors of the sector conducted successfully a survey on Xylella fastidiosa absence declaration to fulfill EU Phytosanitory requirements on Horticulture export commodities.
In-line with this the need for setting structured diagnosis center discussed at length. Challenges faced while conducting the survey such as; lack of proper laboratory, lack of skilled manpower, lack of research and practical training centers, and weak communication among the sectors were discussed in depth for the way forward.At the closing of the program a recognition certificate were given for the technical team and partners who took part on the survey.
IFRS Implementation training in the horticulture sector is began today at EHPEA office meeting hall. The training is organized by EHPEA with an objective to enhance the sector expert’s knowledge to assist the Horticulture companies to implement IFRS. The training is being deliver by Addis Ababa University College of Commerce for five days.
Location : Micky Leyland Avenue on the Road to Atlas Hotel, NB Business Center; 6th floor; Room # 603