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.
EHPEA in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture organized a discussion platform on the Ethiopian Horticulture investment challenges with the presence of major sectoral players from government office and private sector.
On the meeting, proposed solutions to overcome the existing bottleneck of the Horticulture investment presented by the Association and discussed the way forward at length.It was also stated that a MoU will be signed with the respective government offices for the alignment of strategic work.
The importance of having such platform on a monthly base for the betterment of the industry investment also recommended by the participants.
EHPEA Training Center began offering training on “Farm Internal Audit for Compliance” at EHPEA HQ, which aims to train farm compliance officers in the techniques and skills required to comply with national and international market standards for sustainable production.
Zuqualla Horti PLC Exports its First Cutting Flower to European market
Being a pioneer growing and exporting strawberry since 2005 in Oromia region Koka, the company welcomed its new investor Emsflower end of 2020 which makes it the 6th ornamental cutting producer- and exporter in the country.
Following a 10 months new sector investment phase, Zuqualla Horti PLC successfully exported its first cuttings to the European market on October 27, 2021. Zuqualla Horti PLC’s ultramodern greenhouse facility built on 5,5ha surface, holds a complete automized climate system, fully equipped with moveable screens and LED grow lights, as well as a gutter recycling system for all drain water. “Depending on the quality and feedback from our customers and how successful we can get through our first export season, plans are there to expand the greenhouse facility with another 2,2ha and currently created a job opportunity for 550 citizens ” Wout van Koppen, the company’s General Manager, states.
Government officials and commercial farm professionals are attending a Tailor-Made training in Adama on “Growing Avocado for Export: Through Good Agricultural Practices for Organic Cultivation.” The training is part of a collaboration between EHPEA and Nuffic, with an objective to build the skill and knowledge of actors in the Ethiopian fruit and vegetable value chain.
Farm Safety Officer training for EHPEA member farms began on October 12, 2021 by EHPEA TVET Center at its head quarter Addis Ababa. The training aims to empower participants with advanced knowledge and practical skills in workplace worker safety welfare, hazard identification, risk assessment, training methodology, OSH policy, OSH procedure, and accident prevention techniques. The training will continue for the next four days, with a practical farm visit on the final day.
EHPEA introduced its services to other industries and stakeholders, today at capital hotel emphasizing on one of its key intervention ‘Waste Management’. The association successfully implemented ‘Used Water Treatment Plant Technology’ into 31 member farms to properly manage their liquid wastes and reuse treated water for irrigation purpose as well as benefiting surrounding smallholders. Experience sharing field visit to farms located in Koka and Bishoftu is also organized afterwards of the conference to have a real time exposure for the participants.
Lack of tax regime that takes in to consideration the peculiar characterstics of the horticulture export industry has been a challenge. cognizant of the challenges we comissioned a study. After series of consultations at different hierarchies of Ministry of Revenue, today we have deliberated at length on the study document on the challenges and remedies of the problems in the presence of, among others, State Ministers of Ministry of Agriculture and Revenue, top officials of Ministry of Revenue, and Branch Managers of Ministry of Revenue. We have reached consensus on addressing the policy vacuums for a number of ambiguous issues and also on addressing implementation challenges. Happy with this critical milestone. Our policy engagement bearing fruits as usual.
A discussion platform on practical concern of the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) annual plan for 2014 E.C held today at Ethiopian Agricultural Research Institute. On the meeting Horticulture Exporters drown from EHPEA member farms reflected the core challenges of the sector which needs to be addressed on the proposed action plan. State Minister of Ministry of Agriculture, Ato. Wondale Habtamu stated that the sector contributed 487 million USD within 11 months and expected to reach 525 million USD by the end of this fiscal year. He also added, to have a breakthrough in the sector, improving the business climate and synergy from the responsible government offices will be mandatory. The discussion adjourned by taking all the inputs to incorporate in the annual plan.
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