EHPEA promotes its members produce at “Made in Ethiopia” Bazaar and Expo which is organized with an objective to promote Ethiopian produces to the diaspora homecoming community. The five day event officially opened today by Industry Minister Ato Melaku Alebel in the presence of higher government officials. The event is organized by Ethiopian Diaspora Agency, Ministry of Industry, Ministry of Industry, and Ministry of Culture and Tourism as well as Investment Commission.
Flower farms in Ziway alliance to build homes for eight household. Ziway Rose PLC, Herburg Rose PLC, AQ Rose PLC and Bram Flowers PLC, transferred eight renovated house which costs over 1.3 million birr, today in the presence of Batu town administration officials, community leaders and neighboring community. On the program the farms representative Ato. Ermiyas Solomon stated that as part of corporate social responsibility engagement, it’s their primary focus to give back to the community who needs support to boost their livelihood. He also stated that they will continue working with the responsible government offices to ensure sustainable support.
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.
As part of EHPEA’s key intervention areas on advocacy for the development of Ethiopian horticulture investment business climate, farm visit and a discussion platform program held at Bishoftu cluster on Saturday November 27, 2021.
On visit program a higher official delegation from the Ministry of Agriculture State Minister Dr. Sofia Kassa, W/ro Genet Abdela Advisor to Ministry of Agriculture Minister Ato Oumer Husen, and Ato Mekonnen Solomon who is Director of horticulture have joined the visit to 5 EHPEA member farms namely; Friendship Flower PLC, Beti Ornamental Plc., Rainbow Colors Plc., Yassin Legesse Flower Farm and Roshanara Rose Plc.
The delegation discussed at length on the cluster challenges about the delayed inking of the land lease agreements, suspension of investment expansion request, intermittent outage of power and delay in issuance of import permit.
The Oromia Investment and Industry Bureau Head, Dr. Teshome and his team set a direction on the way forward to the Regional Government cabinet to pass decision on the lease amount to expedite the signing of the lease agreement for the 6 farms in Bishoftu, to address expansion requests in the framework of the law & to adjust the lease period to 30 years for those farms with in the rural administration.
EHPEA TVET Center has delivered a Farm Safety officer training for EHPEA member farms located in Debrezeit, Koka, and Ziway Clusters, from 23 – 26 Nov 2021 at its headquarter in Addis Ababa. The training has aimed to empower participants with advanced knowledge and practical skills in workplace worker safety, welfare, hazard identification, risk assessment, OSH policy, OSH procedure, and accident prevention techniques and mitigating actions. The training had 3 days class session and a one-day farm visit to Herburg Rose for experience sharing purposes.
EHPEA delivered a training on “Sexual Gender Based Violence & Reproductive Health Right” for its member farm management staffs with an objective to equip them with the knowledge of the contribution factor of Gender Sensitive Management in the case of Horticulture sector.
The training held at EHPEA office on November 18-19,2021.
EHPEA TVET Center delivered training for farm environment officers on “Environment Management and Risk Assessment” from November 9-12/2021. The training aimed at reducing environmental footprint and enhancing sustainable production. Participants also shared their experience and knowledge on how to accelerate the process of achieving safe and reliable production via the visit to Florensis Ethiopia Plc.