HortiFlora Expo kicked off on Wednesday, March 8, in Addis Ababa and is now coming to an end. Regarding horticulture, the country is largely known for its cut flower production. However, as the production of vegetables and fruits, which is still taking place on a modest scale, is momentarily growing rapidly, these two horticulture sectors were also included in the show's exhibitor and visitor profile.
Increase the area of greenhouses
When looking at growth in the area of greenhouses over the last two decades, it increased by an average of about 50 hectares per month. Consequently, exports accelerated the need for airfreight capacity considerably, and the process of accomplishment is well on track. "It can be said that the Ethiopian government – by putting a lot of emphasis on the development of the Ethiopian floriculture and horticulture industry – is responsible for a great deal of this enormous achievement."
Increasing interest from international growers
Besides the Ethiopians themselves, also Israeli and Dutch growers have made considerable efforts to establish horticulture and floriculture businesses in Ethiopia in recent years. "As far as the floriculture sector is concerned, Ethiopia went through a similar development as Ecuador went through back in 1992. Although the circumstances were not exactly the same, there were many characteristics that looked alike. To name a few: climate, altitude, landscape, and proximity of an international airport in relation to the location of the flower farms are circumstances that one can also find in Ecuador, a country that also developed a highly successful export industry of cut flowers."
Eager to get an impression of the show with its nearly 90 exhibitors? Below are some pictures that we received from the organization.
And also some from Alemayehu Abera of EHPEA, the Ethiopian export association that cooperates with HPP Exhibitions to organize the show.
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