Ethiopia: Growth of horticultural sector impeded by unavailability of land

The Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association (EHPEA) has called on the government to make land available to help local and international horticulture firms looking to invest in Ethiopia. It also wants bureaucratic hurdles to be erased.

Executive Director of EHPEA Tewodros Zewdie bemoans the inability of federal and regional authorities to provide land amid the enormous request which is coming from international and domestic horticulture firms to invest in different parts of the country.

“We believe Ethiopia is a country with a huge potential to produce sufficient amount of horticulture produce that could help the nation substitute imports and export plenty of amounts,” Tewodros told thereporterethiopia.com.

Recent data indicates Ethiopia has over 15 million hectares of arable land. However, the Ethiopian commercial horticulture sector has been able to secure only 1,400 hectares of land nationwide. The horticulture sector contributes around USD500 mln annually to the total export proceeds of the country and employs over 200,000 Ethiopians, becoming among the top five largest foreign currency contributing sectors and export revenue generators.


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