The Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association (EHPEA) organized experience sharing visit to capacitate its key stakeholders of the sector who are working in the area of pest management (Plant Protection).
Integrated Pest Management (IPM), is one of the components of the Ethio-Dutch Program for Horticulture Development, a joint partnership Program of Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ethiopia.
The visit program deliberated to enhance the experiences, knowledge and skill of key stakeholders decision makers in the area of IPM technologies registration and promotion. On the event a team of experts and decision makers from Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), Ethiopian Investment commission (EIC) and Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association (EHPEA) has made an experience sharing study tour to Holland and Kenya from January 1st to 12th, 2020.
In Holland; the team visited Koppert Biological System; packaging, processing & unpacking centers at Floral Holland (AQ Aalsmeer unpacking center, Sher/Afri flora unpacking center, BSI unpacking centers); auction centers (Flora Holland and Aalsmeer); Post harvest Chain of Floral Holland, K & N phytosanitory center.
In addition, in the Republic of Kenya, the team made a visit to International Center of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), Real IPM, and Dudutech. At the institutions, apart from visiting key demos what the institutions were doing in the area of pests and pest managements; presentation, discussion and explanation on topical issues of pest management was made among the visiting team and senior staff of visited institutions.