A discussion platform with a theme ‘Making a Difference Through Horticulture Investment’, held at Capital hotel today by the lead of H.E Dr. Girma Amente, Minister of Ministry of Agriculture and in collaboration with Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporter Association (EHPEA).
On the meeting the Ministry announced the sector export performance as the second top hard currency earner to the country next to coffee, amounting 658.31million USD on the last fiscal year with market destination mainly to the Netherlands, Saudi Arabiya, UK, UAE, Japan, Djibouti, Somalia, Nigeria, and other emerging destinations to Africa.
The meeting was a great platform which involved major players of the sector from Federal level, regional and private sectors to discuss at length on the strength and challenges encountered.
The discussion gave an insight to prioritize on the future strategic intervention areas to build the Ethiopian horticulture brand globally. It was also stated that the Ministry has set this year’s export target to 741 million USD anticipating the current challenges of the sector will be resolved on the budget year.
At the end of the meeting the Ministry gave recognition award for partner organizations, farms who scored higher export performance, implementation of good agricultural practice, corporate social responsibility and up to date new technology introduction to the sector.