Ziway Roses Turns Waste into Wealth with Biogas Technology Solutions

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Ziway Roses Plc, a leading flower exporter based in Oromia region, has announced a significant stride towards sustainability. The company has successfully implemented a biogas solution that converts its green waste into eco-friendly liquid fertilizer.

This innovative approach has yielded substantial benefits, including a 10% reduction in organic fertilizer import costs, translating to annual savings of 2 million Birr. Beyond cost savings, the biogas technology contributes to cleaner energy production and environmental conservation by reducing waste and emissions.

Biogas, a clean and renewable fuel, is generated by processing various organic waste materials. Produced entirely from local resources, it serves as a versatile energy source for transportation, industry, and other applications. Moreover, the organic nutrients recovered during biogas production contribute significantly to a circular economy.

Ziway Roses, established in 2005, operates with a daily production capacity of 300,000 flower stems, primarily exported to the Netherlands. The company is committed to environmentally responsible practices and worker safety.

Horticulture Stakeholders Validate  10-Year Strategy

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (July 18, 2024) – A high-level consultative workshop was held at Haile Grand Hotel to validate the 10-year draft National Horticulture Strategy. Organized by the Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association (EHPEA) and the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), the event brought together key stakeholders including government officials, private sector representatives, and industry experts.

The strategy aims to address critical challenges hindering Ethiopia’s competitiveness in the global horticulture market. A team of experts from various government agencies, research institutions, and industry associations contributed to developing the draft strategy under the leadership of Agriculture Minister Dr. Girma Amente.

The Minister emphasized the vital role of the horticulture sector in food security and foreign exchange generation during his keynote address. He called upon attendees to actively participate in refining the strategy to ensure its effectiveness.

The workshop provided a platform for stakeholders to share insights and recommendations. Participants discussed challenges in horticulture development and marketing, proposing solutions to enhance the sector’s performance.

EHPEA, which has been advocating for a national horticulture strategy, expressed satisfaction with the progress made. The association believes that the strategy will be instrumental in unlocking the sector’s full potential.

The validation workshop marks a significant step towards realizing Ethiopia’s ambition to become a leading horticulture exporter.

National Horticulture Strategy Poised for Validation

The Ethiopian horticulture industry is on the cusp of a new era with the upcoming national validation workshop for the draft National Horticulture Strategy scheduled for Thursday, July 18th, 2024, the workshop brings together key stakeholders to finalize a strategy that will address critical challenges and propel Ethiopia’s horticulture sector to international competitiveness.

High-Level Participation Expected:

The workshop will be a landmark event, attracting ministers, regional state presidents, commissioners and directors general from relevant government institutions, private sector representatives, academics and researchers, members of the Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association (EHPEA), and more.

Addressing Industry Bottlenecks:

The strategy aims to identify and eliminate the major obstacles currently hindering the industry’s growth. By tackling these bottlenecks, Ethiopia can unlock its full horticultural potential and compete effectively on the global stage.

Collaborative Development:

The draft strategy is the result of a collaborative effort. Renowned experts from various ministries (Agriculture, Trade and Regional Integration, Industry), research institutions (Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research, Agricultural Transformation Institute), and key organizations (Ethiopian Maritimes Authority, Ethiopian Investment Commission) have contributed their expertise under the guidance of H.E. Dr. Girma Amente, Minister for Ministry of Agriculture.

EHPEA’s Advocacy Realized:

The upcoming validation workshop marks a significant achievement for EHPEA, which has long championed the development of a national strategy to guide the future of Ethiopian horticulture.

Validation workshop on the draft National Horticulture Strategy

Responsible Conduct: Environmental Foot printing

We are thrilled to announce that the benchmarking process for the FSI Basket of FloriPEFCR tools has officially begun, following the launch of the FloriPEFCR guidelines by the European Commission in the first quarter of 2024!

Consumers, retailers, and governments are increasingly demanding flowers and plants to be cultivated, transported, and handled sustainably. To meet this growing demand and demonstrate compliance, the FloriPEFCR (Floriculture Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules) provides guidance to measure the environmental impact of cut flowers and potted plants using 16 environmental indicators. This ensures consistent, reliable insight into the environmental impact of ornamental horticulture products.

We invite all tool providers in our industry to use this benchmarking opportunity to demonstrate meeting the standards of the FloriPEFCR method. And also to be open for collaboration through data exchange and actively stimulate business-to-business improvements.

The new FSI Basket supports stakeholders by highlighting FloriPEFCR-based tooling that meet the criteria and help the sector reduce its environmental footprint. Providing verified, reliable environmental performance data is essential to keep our industry future fit.

Please read the guidelines and additional documents on the FSI2025 website:
Floriculture Sustainability Initiative on LinkedIn: We are thrilled to announce that the benchmarking process for the FSI…

EHPEA Secures Wins for Ethiopian Horticulture Industry

The Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association (EHPEA) has been determined advocating for its member farms in addressing key challenges on in the last 2016 budget year.

Our Key Achievements:

Public-Private Dialogue Drives Solutions

EHPEA, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, organized successful public-private dialogues. These high-level meetings brought together federal and regional government officials with horticulture growers and exporters to discuss and resolve major industry challenges which assisted for high level government officials expedited pending issues of the sector.

Land Lease Issues Resolved: Pending land lease issues around Batu and Bishoftu were addressed through discussions with Oromia and federal decision-makers.

Capital Goods Approved: Delays in the approval process for capital goods due to misunderstandings between the Ministry of Finance (MoF) and Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC) were resolved through EHPEA’s intervention.

Trucks Access Addis Ababa: Restrictions on trucks transporting horticulture exports into Addis Ababa were lifted following discussions with the Addis Ababa Traffic Management Agency.

Supported Vandalized Farms: EHPEA brought attention to the vandalized farms in the Bahirdar Cluster and advocated for their rehabilitation.

Import Permits Streamlined: Complications surrounding partial import permits for horticulture companies were resolved through discussions with the Ethiopian Customs Commission and National Bank of Ethiopia. Agreements were made to continue with previous permit arrangements.

Collaboration with Investment Commission: EHPEA met with the Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC) to discuss industry challenges and strategize on creating a more enabling environment for horticulture. The EIC commissioner pledged to collaborate and address current obstacles.

Tax Related Issues Addressed: EHPEA identified tax challenges faced by the commercial horticulture sub-sector. The Ministry of Revenue instructed regional offices to finalize pending issues, except those under litigation. As a result, tax issues for Dumen orange (Red Fox), Assela Flower, Vegpro, and Marginpar are being addressed.

Improved Labor Relations: EHPEA facilitated negotiations between trade unions and horticulture farms, resulting in a salary increase agreement. The introduction of a cluster-based wage scheme has improved wage levels and fostered better industrial harmony.

Air Cargo Facilitation: EHPEA secured freight arrangements with Ethiopian Airlines for Bahirdar cluster farms, enabling them to ship their products by air.

EHPEA’s advocacy efforts have demonstrably benefited the Ethiopian horticulture industry. By tackling critical issues and fostering collaboration, EHPEA is helping member farms thrive and contribute to the nation’s economy.

EHPEA Trains Flower Farms to Fight FCM Threat

The Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association (EHPEA) is stepping up its fight against the False Codling Moth (FCM), a devastating pest that threatens Ethiopia’s vital flower industry at Wolkite Custer and Tulubolo.

Training Targets Farm Staff:

EHPEA’s program equips farm managers and crop protection staff with the knowledge they need to combat FCM. Training covers:

  • The national importance of controlling FCM
  • Identifying FCM
  • Understanding FCM biology and lifecycle
  • Implementing effective FCM management strategies
  • Putting the national FCM protocol into action

Why is FCM a Threat?

FCM attacks over 70 crops, including roses, a major Ethiopian export. The European Union (EU) classifies FCM as a quarantine pest, requiring inspections of 25% of Ethiopian roses. Increased inspections could disrupt trade between Ethiopia and the Netherlands, a key flower importer.

Ethiopia’s Flower Industry: A Major Contributor

Ethiopia’s flower industry is a vital part of the country’s economy. In the past year alone, flower exports generated $432 million USD, contributing 20% of GDP and creating jobs for over 200,000 people.

Success Through Collaboration:

Thanks to strong collaboration between EHPEA, member farms and Ethiopian Agricultural Authority (EAA), FCM interceptions have been kept to a minimum, with only 3 recorded in the past year. This demonstrates the Ethiopian flower industry’s commitment to combating this emerging pest.

Herburg Roses Blooms Hope with New School for Special Needs Students!

Batu, Ethiopia – Herburg Roses is excited to announce the construction of a new elementary school dedicated to serving students with special needs in Batu city.

Building a Brighter Future: The school built with over 12 million birr, set to open its doors in 2017E.C. This initiative reflects Herburg Roses’ deep commitment to the local community.

Empowering Parents, Embracing Inclusion: Prior to construction, the Herburg Roses management team held extensive discussions with the region education authorities to select the students as well as community members and parents of children with special needs. These conversations focused on raising awareness about disabilities and the benefits of inclusive education. The positive response from parents has been instrumental in moving this project forward.

While Herburg Roses is known for exporting millions of beautiful roses each year, the company is dedicated to making a positive social impact. Their 40-hectare production site, located south of Addis Ababa, embodies this commitment.

Herburg Roses prioritizes sustainable practices, evident in their Fairtrade certification. This commitment extends beyond the environment, focusing on the well-being of employees and the community they serve. The new school is a powerful example of their dedication to building a brighter future for all.

Kenyan Exports Start Accessing EU Market Duty-Free

Kenyas exports will now enter the 27-member European Union market duty free after the EU-Kenya Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) entered into force, on July 1, 2024. The move has now granted Kenyan exports a market reach of 500 million and in return Kenya will have to open its markets to EU products gradually over a 25-year period. In a statement on Monday, Investments, Trade and Industry Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Miano confirmed that the EPA is now in force.

With the EPA, Kenya will now be granted duty-free, quota-free access to the EU market for all its exports, including coffee, flowers and minerals. “The agreement will boost bilateral trade in goods, increase investment flows, strengthen the ties between reliable partners, and facilitate mutually advantageous economic relations sustainably, stimulating job creation and economic growth,” said Miano.

According to the CS, the EU-Kenya EPA is the most ambitious deal negotiated with an African country in terms of sustainability and can serves as a template for other sustainable trade agreements.

The rise was partly contributed by the increase in domestic exports of cut flowers and avocados to the Netherlands and beans to France. Similarly, foreign export earnings from the United Kingdom rose from Sh44.6 billion in 2022, to Sh54.7 billion in 2023, largely driven by an increase in domestic exports of tea and cut flowers.


Publication date: Tue 2 Jul 2024

Government, horticulture industry collaborate to maintain agricultural export competitiveness amidst new international regulations

The government and private sectors are undertaking various measures to guarantee the safety of agricultural commodity exports subject to stringent rules and regulations from receiving countries.

According to the horticulture industry, Ethiopian exporters and producers are in danger due to new regulations imposed by international regulatory authorities.

As a result, the government and industry participants are working hard to ensure that Ethiopian agricultural products, the main source of hard currency for the nation, continue to be exported.

Empowering the inspection facility prior to export is one of the most recent efforts toward this goal.

At a ceremony held on Thursday, June 27, at the Ethiopian Horticulture Producer and Exporters Association (EHPEA) head office, the Ethiopian Agricultural Authority (EAA) received several phytosanitary inspection tools. 

The equipment has been supplied to protect the safety of export goods, according to Tewodros Zewdie, Executive Director of EHPEA, in order to professionalize the inspection branch at Bole International Airport, the final point of departure for agricultural export products.

Tewodros said, “We have given over quarantine equipment, which our members financed, in accordance with the authority’s request. This will increase EAA’s capacity and boost export competitiveness.”

EHPEA claims that during the last two years, the association has collaborated with the government in several areas to guarantee the competitiveness of Ethiopia’s horticultural sector.

In order to maintain the sector’s competitiveness after the European Union Commission’s actions against the False Codling Moth (FCM), EHPEA and EAA have implemented several efforts, including five awareness-raising events.

Over 20,000 people have received training on the identification and management of FCM, and a national protocol has been developed in this area.

Tewodros stated, “The interception has decreased to eight in 2023 from 23 in 2022 because of this initiative. Since the requirement is zero tolerance, more efforts should be accelerated on a similar basis.”

“Our association, in collaboration with the farms and EAA, has successfully resolved Xylella fastidiosa bacterium cases that pose a challenge to cutting farms’ business,” he noted.

“Phytosanitary measures are essential to the horticultural industry’s competitiveness, and new EU regulations require more work in this area to guarantee the sector’s export,” he continued.

Global trade has become extremely difficult in the current situation due to tight emerging laws, according to Wondale Habtamu, Deputy Director of EAA and Head of the Ethiopian National Plant Protection Organizations (NPPO). “Most people know the European regulations, which are a subset of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), the intergovernmental treaty that aims to protect the world’s plants, agricultural products, and natural resources from plant pests,” Wondale said.

The IPPC develops, adopts, and promotes the application of International Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs) as the main tool to safeguard global food security, facilitate safe trade, and protect the environment.

“We have problems with FCM pests in relation to flower production and export,” he stated.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) conducted research that designated FCM as a quarantine pest for the continent, meaning that agricultural products imported into Europe need to be closely inspected.

He praised the fact that “the interception in Ethiopia has significantly declined in this budget year due to EHPEA’s intensive work with growers, while interceptions have remained static or drastically increased in other African countries.”

The Deputy Director General claims that only 25% of export commodities from Ethiopia and Kenya are inspected compared to 100% in South Africa, Rwanda, and Uganda.

When the inspection rate climbs, it indicates that producers and exporters who bear the inspection costs would have to pay more.

The association and producers provided intensive training, which is credited with Ethiopia’s success since “training 20,000 farm employees is not an easy task.”

In addition, he mentioned that a number of projects had been completed, such as creating a protocol and submitting it to the UN and EU.

According to Wondale, “EHPEA and its members have now filled the gap in empowering the inspection effort at Bole International Airport, and the operational standards at the inspection site have also been developed with the association’s support.”

“When Xylella fastidiosa became an issue, the association supported the Xylella molecular test that was delivered to the EU,” he remembered, highlighting the association’s high level of engagement for the sector’s development.

According to him, the authority’s operations at Bole International Airport heavily depend on the instruments that the growers provided through their association.

“Since an error at Bole could damage the nation’s reputation, these capacity-boosting instruments will increase the accuracy of the inspection,” he said to Capital.

He continued, saying that “it will also enhance Ethiopia’s competitiveness” and that “it will give the European regulators an idea that Ethiopia is working strongly at every juncture point to maintain the safety of export items.”

“To maintain our reputation with the recipient countries, we are now rejecting export items that do not pass the inspection at Bole Airport before they fail at the destination.”

Experts in the field argue that Ethiopia’s interests will not have room in EU or other international legislation due to these safety cases being dynamic.”For example, the FCM pest has no effect in Ethiopia, but it will alter plant morphology when it travels to Europe. As a result, the EU will not negotiate on the matter because it would impact their biodiversity. Therefore, we have recognized the situation and established guidelines for how we will carry on with the trade,” they stated.

Wondale adds, “As a result, we have created a protocol and offer technical assistance to both commercial farms and small-scale farmers.” The government is also working with its European allies on a few of the EU’s Acts.

For example, the Forest Act failed to take into account the fact that Ethiopia grows its Arabica coffee inside forests or under tree cover; similarly, the Chemical Act has to take into account the climatic situation of tropical areas.

He gave Ethiopian elites advice on international treaties, regulations, and decrees that they should be aware of and follow for the good of their nation.

The Bole inspection facility, which was formerly involved in physical examination, has been modernized to offer technology-based services that meet international standards.

EAA administers about 50 inspection sites located across the country.

By Muluken Yewondwossen, Photo by Anteneh Aklilu

EHPEA Strengthens Rose Exports with Upgraded Bole Airport Inspection System

The Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association (EHPEA) is proud to announce a significant step forward in protecting Ethiopia’s rose industry. Through a collaborative effort with member farms, EHPEA has bolstered the inspection capabilities of the Ethiopian Agricultural Authority (EAA) at Bole International Airport’s cargo terminal.

This initiative involved procuring essential equipment like desktop computers, printers, cameras, protective gear, and mobile inspection tables. The official handover ceremony, held at the EHPEA office, was attended by H.E. Mr. Wondale Habtamu, EAA Deputy Director General, and representatives from member farms.

By equipping EAA inspectors with these vital tools, EHPEA aims to further professionalize the inspection process at Bole Airport. This will ensure that exported roses meet the highest international phytosanitary standards, safeguarding the Ethiopian rose industry’s continued success and export business.

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