Blueberries and sunflowers as two top Ethiopian agricultural opportunities

Nuradin Osman is the founder and CEO of Grosso Foods, an Africa-focused agribusiness company with its headquarters in the Netherlands. According to Osman, the cultivation of blueberries and the production of sunflower oil are two of the biggest agricultural opportunities in Ethiopia.

The growing global demand for blueberries presents a ‘huge opportunity’ for Ethiopia, said Osman during the African Agri Council’s Investment Food Forum 2020. Ethiopian Airlines’ cargo division offers a large number of connections to all corners of the world, making the East African nation a good location from which to export blueberries.

Osman further highlighted the potential to grow sunflowers and process these into sunflower oil. Although sunflower oil is used for cooking through the continent, Osman said it is not widely traded between African countries. The Ethiopian Government is hoping to boost the country’s domestic manufacturing sector and has introduced several investment incentives.


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