Hortiflora sideline deliberation conducted on March 14, 2019 the Millenium Hall on “Ethiopia’s Potential to Produce and Export Vegetable Seed” stressed on the need for reconsidering restrictions on smallholder farmers vegetable seed multiplication and strengthening of implementation capacity of relevant governmental body on vegetable seed multiplication.
Panelists indicated that the commitment of the Government of Ethiopia to allow more and more foreign direct investments and that there exist high chance for increased vegetable import and investing in vegetable seed production for export in Ethiopia.
One of the panelists, BASF Vegetable Seeds Ethiopia Managing Director and Country Head Ben Depraetere, pointed out that the conducive climate and diverse agro-ecology of Ethiopia allows the growing and production of all vegetables in Ethiopia.
Stating that Chille is world’s largest vegetable producer, Mr. Ben said Ethiopia has a lot of advantages to become “Africa’s Chille” in vegetable seed production. In this respect, strong regulatory system and policy framework should be in place to empower pertinent governmental organ administering national vegetable seed production. During the discussion OCP’s Amin Jemal highlighted the role of applying modern agri techniques particularly sound management of drip irrigation for the success of vegetable production.
The panel was moderated by Professor Derbew Belew of Jimma University’s College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine.