Ethiopia increases focus on horticulture sector competitiveness

Ethiopia has a great opportunity for horticulture development due to its favorable climatic conditions, fertile soils, huge irrigation potential and affordable manpower. The nation’s horti sector has attracted a significant amount of domestic and foreign investment. Ethiopia’s horticulture products have had also a chance to penetrate into the international market in the past two decades.

The sector is one of the five largest contributors of export income in 2018/19 where it earned 315.14 million USD. In this regard, floriculture and the expanding vegetable, fruits, and herbs subsectors contributed 79 and 21 percent of the export revenue respectively. During that time, the horticulture sector has created some 200,000 jobs.

Recently, the higher management of the Ministry of Agriculture and other stakeholders held a discussion on the expansion of horticulture investments and the national project of boosting avocado production in areas with potential and suitable climate.

One of the major focus areas of the recent discussion were ways of tapping the huge potential in the sector and its performance so far. It was also mentioned on the occasion that there are a number of natural and socio-economic enabling factors that can give the horticulture sector competitive advantages in the international market.

Besides the abundant potential, the geographical proximity of the country to major international markets (such as the Middle East and Europe) puts the country in an advantageous position.

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