Agri–Flower and Agri-Lake Flower farms, divisions of Ethio Agri-CEFT, are dedicated to the export of rose cut flowers for markets across the world. The topography and optimum climate of the farms provide suitable conditions for production. The farms have been producing about 40 million stems per annum.
In addition, all farms of Ethio Agri-CEFT exercise:
- Environmentally Sustainability: All of the company’s farms exercise environmentally sustainable practices to cultivate, grow, harvest and pack flowers. Some practices include collecting and storing rain water, use of effective irrigation technology, waste recycling, and limiting the use of chemicals for pest control by combining them with traditional techniques.
- Social responsibility: the company provides a socially responsible safe work environment to sustain fair living conditions for employees and the surrounding community.
Agri-Flower farm began its environmental sustainability plan in 2017. This environmental sustainability plan in 2017. This strategy included the symbiotic development of sheep farming beekeeping and fishery on site.
It has recently begun planting different medicinal and herbal plants such as Rosemary, Thyme, Lavender, Eucalyptus and Neem trees which has insect repellent effects. The company plans on using the essential oils produced by the farms as potential insect pest control on the farm reducing the use of synthetic pesticides in the flower growing process. To ensure adequate processing capacity they have installed an essential oil processor which has the capacity to extract 100 kg of herbs/seeds per hour.
In addition, they extract 7,500 litres of compost tea per day and using it as organic fertilizer. This will help the company to satisfy customers in order to have good head size and long vase life. The company also intends to sell the essential oils to various users in the local and international markets.
The company has received the GlobalGAP certificate.