The need for proactive synergy between the government, private sector and academic institution to realize an efficient and smart agro-logistics in Ethiopia deliberated at the sensitization workshop organized by Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association (EHPEA) today at Best Western Hotel, Addis Ababa.
Agriculture plays a significant role in the country’s economy contributing to economic growth, job creation, poverty reduction, food security and foreign currency earnings.
Even though the horticulture sector was introduced to the country only in the past two decades, it becomes the second top hard currency generator to the country and playing a significant role in the socio-economic wellbeing of the society.
As the nature of horticultural products require well established and integrated infrastructure for storing and moving products with proper equipment to guarantee that the horticulture products are handled properly in order to maintain their quality and preserve their shelf-life, its important to capacitate the port and facilities, electrical energy and cold chain, road infrastructure & agro-logistics digitalization to be competent with other countries as well as meet the international standards.
The workshop was a great platform to cross fertilize knowledge between the experts, scholars and private sector with the way forward to strengthen the role of agro-logistics policy directives and management to bring more efficiency in the entire chain harmonization.
A study tour to horticulture farms in Holeta cluster conducted, with an aim to ensure gender equality and reproductive health at workplace, addressing family planning commodity and women empowerment.
The visit incorporated representatives from government officials from Ministry of Labor and Skills, Ministry of Health, the Regional Labor and Social Affairs, the Regional Health Bureau, Labor and Social Affairs of Holeta City Administration, Health Office of Holeta City, the Labor and Social Affairs and Health Bureau of Ejere and Wolmera District office.
The team discussed on the gaps and support need of farms related to capacity building of labour union, enhancing the standards of farm clinic & family planning commodity shortage.
Representatives from Ministry of Health briefed the participants on the minimum health service standards gave a direction to the Woreda office to assist farms addressing the gaps and to work jointly with farms through providing of technical supports and service delivery on the Reproductive health aspect, to ensure empowerment and create better working environment.
Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association (EHPEA) member farms received a recognition award from H.E. Ms. Muferihat Kamil, Minister of MoLS, at the National Labour Conference organized to celebrate Ethiopia’s 100th anniversary of International Labour Organization (ILO) membership in Addis Ababa, under the theme of “Advancing Social justice through social dialogue and enhance productivity”.
The award extended to the farms; Sher Ethiopia Plc on Gold level, Joytech PlC & Ethio-Agriceft Plc on Silver level, Afri-flower Plc and Linssen Rose Bronze level for their extensive engagement and contribution, creating a favorable working condition for workers as well asa sustainable horticulture industry. Herburg Roses Plc also got a Gold level award in their active engagement with the Labour Union for the well-being of workers by encouraging democratic participation and a sense of community among workers.
The three day conference commemorated Ethiopia’s ILO Centenary by reflecting on the ILO and tripartite partners’ accomplishments in advancing social dialogue, decent work, enhanced productivity, and inclusive growth. Additionally, the forum prioritize the agenda of Employers’ and Workers’ Affairs, fostering a collaborative platform for stakeholders in the world of work.
High-Level Government delegates from MoLS, ILO, Workers’ and Employers’ organizations, the African Union, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the South Africa Development Community (SADC), and diplomatic missions were in attendance. Additionally, academicians, prominent organization leaders, as well as other individuals with practical experience in labour issues and policy development also participated and shared their insights.
Ethiopian flower farms represented at IFTF EXPO through Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association (EHPEA) stand where the expo takes place in the Netherlands from November 8 to 10, 2023.
IFTF is a meeting place for companies in the flora sector from all over the world.The event offers a platform to buyers and suppliers from the floristry sector, where an attractive combination of doing business and socializing is created.
EHPEA participate in this expo with an objective to create market linkage and promote the Ethiopian forticulture brand.
A consultative meeting on the emerging pest ‘Thaumatotibia leucotreta’ held at Capital hotel today, in the presence of Ambassador Diriba Kuma, Director General for Ethiopian Agriculture Authority, representatives from Agriculture Councel section at The Kingdom of The Netherlands Embassy in Ethiopia and Horticulture export farms in Ethiopia.
The meeting is expected to create a concessions to address the immediate requests of the European Commission Directorate General for Health and Food Safety.
Thaumatotibia leucotreta is one of the pests with the greatest economic and environmental impact according to the EU.
Unions who are engaged in the production of cereal and vegetables linked with Bure IAIP investors on July 28th, 2022.
Under Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association (EHPEA) partnership agreement with GIZ for ‘Cluster Support for Agricultural and Food Industries in Ethiopia’, EHPEA hosted the event with an objective to create awareness and market linkage with the Unions and Agro-processers.
The program was a great platform to learn from similar successful business models such as; how they source their supply, work relationship and as well as identify possible bottlenecks, risks and propose mitigation actions proposed by the participants who are drawn from responsible government offices and stakeholders.
EHPEA TVET center in collaboration with its partners commence providing training on strawberry production and latest insight on crop management for commercial farms, university lecturers and investment officers at Bahirdar.
The training will continue in the coming days at Holeta cluster.
EHPEA training center is delivering a series of practical trainings for Zengena and Mota Cooperative Union, Commercial Farms, Agricultural Office Experts, and Agro-processing Industrial Parks as part of a GIZ-EHPEA project named “Cluster Support for the Agriculture and Food Industries in Ethiopia.”
The training program is designed to help cooperatives, unions, and commercial farms comprehend the quality and market needs of products, as well as appropriate agricultural practices, in order to promote a feasible link between smallholder farmers and the agro-processing sector.
An international Ethiopian horticulture investment conference, held on April 28, 2022 at Inter Luxury Hotel.
The program organized by EHPEA with an objective in creating awareness of the current horticulture investment potentials in the regional states.
The horticulture sector plays a profound role as it is labor intensive sector initiating many new jobs in addition to its huge capacity of providing food and foreign currency from export commodities.
The program was a great platform to promote networking opportunities among participants drawn from the diplomatic community, international organizations, private sectors and pertinent government offices, with a view to shape new ventures and an ever more conducive business climate.
On the conference 7 regional states represented by their respective investment bureau’s, namely, Oromiya Industry and Investment Bureau, South West Ethiopia People Trade &Investment, Investment Promotion office of Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region, Amhara Industry and Investment Bureau, Benishangul Gumz National Regional State Rural Land and Investment Bureau, Gambella People National Regional State & Sidama Regional State.
Opportunity and challenges of the investment discussed at length.
Location : Micky Leyland Avenue on the Road to Atlas Hotel, NB Business Center; 6th floor; Room # 603