Over 169.5 million USD was secured from flower, vegetable and fruit export in the first quarter of the current Ethiopian fiscal year, the Ministry of Agriculture said, adding that the performance attained 63.1 percent of the plan. Speaking to The Ethiopian Herald, the Ministry of Agriculture Horticulture Export Coordinator Mekonnen Solomon stated that the sum was obtained from exporting 96,443.36 tons of flower, vegetable and fruit in the reported period. Cut flowers have the lion’s share in the overall performance and Ethiopia generated over 146.26 USD revenue exporting 30,922.69 tons to the global market. Also, the vegetable sub-sector grossed 17.2 million USD from 58,340.40 tons export. Similarly, the country secured around 6.12 million USD from exporting 14.823.99 tons of fruits in the reported period. The ministry sets a plan to generate 741.8 million USD from exporting 351,030,031.71 kg of flowers, vegetables and fruits in the current fiscal year. Mekonnen further said that consolidated efforts are underway to provide exports at the desired quality level and appealing package thereby keeping Ethiopia’s competitiveness at the global market. The government has been paying due attention to attract private investments in the horticulture sector and to improve competitiveness by providing export incentives, customs duty exemption, income tax holidays, and offering land at competitive lease price, it was learned. Source THE ETHIOPIAN HERALD https://press.et/herald/?p=85151
Sher Ethiopia Plc, known for its active engagement on CSR activities especially focused on nurturing the new generation with adequate education free of charge, opened its second new Elementary School in Adami Tulu.
The school launched colorfully in the presence of his excellency Mr. Usman Tuse, Deputy Mayor of Batu/Ziway Town, Mr. Kedir, Head of Batu Education office and Mr. Aswin Endeman, Manager Business Support and CSR of Sher Ethiopia, in the presence of Adami Tulu community representatives, Elders, Sher Ethiopia management representatives, teachers, and with a total number of 192 students.
The first Sher kindergarten school opened in 2019, and currently holds 342 students. With the new school Sher is planning to add 4 new classrooms each year at the new Elementary school compound which will increase the number of students to 1500 in eight years’ time.
Sher Ethiopia Plc. Is the largest rose grower in the world, where up to 4 million roses processed and transported to the airport in Addis Ababa every day, from where they are flown to Europe for further distribution. This makes Sher Ethiopia the largest rose grower in the world and the biggest supplier of roses in Europe. The company also created job opportunities for about 12,000 employees and one of the major hard currency earners to the country.
EHPEA and bbw international joined hands to kick off an exclusive “Organic Certification” training. Participants from EHPEA TVET Center, Ethiopian Agricultural Authority, Farms, and Ministry of Agriculture were welcomed.
This training will empower participants to understand US, EU, and Japan organic standards, finesse organic production and handling, decode labeling and market dynamics, and design effective systems for marketing organic products.
The need for proactive synergy between the government, private sector and academic institution to realize an efficient and smart agro-logistics in Ethiopia deliberated at the sensitization workshop organized by Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association (EHPEA) today at Best Western Hotel, Addis Ababa.
Agriculture plays a significant role in the country’s economy contributing to economic growth, job creation, poverty reduction, food security and foreign currency earnings.
Even though the horticulture sector was introduced to the country only in the past two decades, it becomes the second top hard currency generator to the country and playing a significant role in the socio-economic wellbeing of the society.
As the nature of horticultural products require well established and integrated infrastructure for storing and moving products with proper equipment to guarantee that the horticulture products are handled properly in order to maintain their quality and preserve their shelf-life, its important to capacitate the port and facilities, electrical energy and cold chain, road infrastructure & agro-logistics digitalization to be competent with other countries as well as meet the international standards.
The workshop was a great platform to cross fertilize knowledge between the experts, scholars and private sector with the way forward to strengthen the role of agro-logistics policy directives and management to bring more efficiency in the entire chain harmonization.
A study tour to horticulture farms in Holeta cluster conducted, with an aim to ensure gender equality and reproductive health at workplace, addressing family planning commodity and women empowerment.
The visit incorporated representatives from government officials from Ministry of Labor and Skills, Ministry of Health, the Regional Labor and Social Affairs, the Regional Health Bureau, Labor and Social Affairs of Holeta City Administration, Health Office of Holeta City, the Labor and Social Affairs and Health Bureau of Ejere and Wolmera District office.
The team discussed on the gaps and support need of farms related to capacity building of labour union, enhancing the standards of farm clinic & family planning commodity shortage.
Representatives from Ministry of Health briefed the participants on the minimum health service standards gave a direction to the Woreda office to assist farms addressing the gaps and to work jointly with farms through providing of technical supports and service delivery on the Reproductive health aspect, to ensure empowerment and create better working environment.
Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association (EHPEA) member farms received a recognition award from H.E. Ms. Muferihat Kamil, Minister of MoLS, at the National Labour Conference organized to celebrate Ethiopia’s 100th anniversary of International Labour Organization (ILO) membership in Addis Ababa, under the theme of “Advancing Social justice through social dialogue and enhance productivity”.
The award extended to the farms; Sher Ethiopia Plc on Gold level, Joytech PlC & Ethio-Agriceft Plc on Silver level, Afri-flower Plc and Linssen Rose Bronze level for their extensive engagement and contribution, creating a favorable working condition for workers as well asa sustainable horticulture industry. Herburg Roses Plc also got a Gold level award in their active engagement with the Labour Union for the well-being of workers by encouraging democratic participation and a sense of community among workers.
The three day conference commemorated Ethiopia’s ILO Centenary by reflecting on the ILO and tripartite partners’ accomplishments in advancing social dialogue, decent work, enhanced productivity, and inclusive growth. Additionally, the forum prioritize the agenda of Employers’ and Workers’ Affairs, fostering a collaborative platform for stakeholders in the world of work.
High-Level Government delegates from MoLS, ILO, Workers’ and Employers’ organizations, the African Union, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the South Africa Development Community (SADC), and diplomatic missions were in attendance. Additionally, academicians, prominent organization leaders, as well as other individuals with practical experience in labour issues and policy development also participated and shared their insights.
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