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BENEFIT- ENTAG contribution to Aquaculture Ethiopia 2019 Exhibition in Ethiopia

On October 17, 19 and 20, 2019 PRANA Events organized AQUACULTURE ETHIOPIA 2019 exhibition where over 100 exhibitors, including 10 foreign companies participated.  The Expo, that included ALEC 2019, ETHIOPEX 2019, and Apiculture Ethiopia 2019 partner events was attended by more than a 1000 visitors, and was held at the Millennium Hall and Keranyo Plaza in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The exhibition attracted major aquaculture value chain exhibitors and aquaculture-associated institutions, including EHY Fish Production and Marketing Enterprise, Alema Koudijs Feed PLC, China-based Goldlong Machinery and Engineering Co., cooling system suppliers, the Ethiopian Aquaculture Association, Ethiopia-Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth Programme (BENEFIT-ENTAG), Ethiopian Meat and Dairy Industry Development Institute.

BENEFIT-ENTAG, Aquaculture Sub-sector Coordinator, Dr. Abebe Ameha Mengistu presented “Business Opportunities in Ethiopian Aquaculture” followed by interactive discussion with the participants. Overall, the event was valuable to promote fish business and respond to questions related availability of technical support, supply of inputs and profitability of aquaculture business.

Contact:
Dr Abebe Ameha Mengistu
Aquaculture Sector Coordinator
BENEFIT/ENTAG – http://www.entag.org
SAN Building, Bisrate-Gebriel area
Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA
Email: abbefish@gmail.com
Mobile: +251(0)966216000

Nebeyu Lemma
Managing Director
Prana Events, A Division of Fairteam Trading PLC
Bole Medhanialem Lucky Building
PO Box 17500, Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA
Tel.: +251 116 184365 / Fax: +251 116 621 202
Mob.: +251 929 308 366
Email: Nebeyu@fair-team.co
Web: http://www.pranaevents.net

Food Safety and Quality in Poultry Sector of Ethiopia, case of BENEFIT-ENTAG

Given the Ethiopian poultry sector challenges and the country’s GTP II goal for poultry production boost, Ethiopian Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth program (ENTAG) (2016-2019), part of the BENEFIT Partnership in Ethiopia works to address food safety and quality challenges in poultry sector through various interventions.

ENTAG’s intervention in the poultry sector focuses on organizing regular platform meetings in order to identify sectoral challenges, policy level issues and strengthen networking among key stakeholders in the poultry sector. Furthermore, ENTAG has been doing capacity building activities through organizing trainings, business to business sessions, company visit programs in order to enhance the capacity of companies that are involved in poultry production and processing.

This briefing note gives an overview of the current situation, corresponding institutional gaps, proposed interventions followed by further actions needed.

You can also find the “STRATEGIC PLAN for implementation of disease prevention and control in the commercial poultry sector of Ethiopia 2018″ here.

AGOA – NEW OPPORTUNITY FOR THE SPICE AND HERBS SECTOR

Ethiopia offers numerous advantages to foreign investors interested in using Ethiopia as a springboard to reach the U.S. market. This is reflected in the recent growth of Ethiopia’s exports under African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), particularly in the textiles and apparel sector. Taking advantage of the recently-renewed (AGOA) legislation up to 2025, Ethiopia developed a National AGOA Strategy and Action Plan 2019-2025.

As key partners in the strategy development process, ENTAG through the Ethiopian Spice Aromatic and Herbs Growers and Processors Association (ESAHGPA) made valuable contributions to ensure inclusion of spice and herbs on the list of products along with cut flower, edible oil (sesame) and coffee. This is believed to play a vital role in attracting more foreign and local investors to invest in the Ethiopian spice and herbs sector to exploit the 2.4 billion USD spice and herbs market using taking advantage of tax free AGOA.

 

Consultative workshop on fish hatchery expansion and management in Amhara region

A consultative workshop was organized on May 31, 2019 at Bahir Dar with the main objective of exploring possible collaboration and partnership among relevant stakeholders for the expansion of the newly constructed fish hatchery facility at the Bahir Dar Fishery and Aquatic Resource Center of Amhara Regional Agricultural Research Institute (ARARI). The participants were officials from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, head of the agriculture standing committee of the regional parliament, deputy head of Regional Bureau of Agriculture, director and deputy head of the regional livestock sector development agency, managers of private companies engaged in fishery (aquaculture) including the manager of the Dutch Africa Sustainable Aquaculture (ASA) aquaculture farm at Koka, BENEFIT partnership colleagues from PCU and ENTAG, and researchers from the Bahir Dar Fishery and Aquatic Resource Centre of ARARI.

The overall discussion focused on how to make the fish hatchery facility functional in terms of (i) overall facility management; (ii) having trained staff to run the facility; (iii) ensure the availability of demanded brook stock and water quality management; and (iv) ensure fish feed availability for the hatchery and aquaculture farm owners.

The workshop concluded with identification of roles and responsibilities of relevant stakeholders, which will be overlooked by ARARI. The main actors to engage in the process will be the fishery sector development directorate of the MoA, the regional livestock sector development agency, and the private actors. BENEFIT-ENTAG will explore the possibility of collaboration especially in relation to facilitating experience sharing visits abroad.

Bridging the Gap between Industries and University Graduates

“Youth Business Challenge” is an initiative that was developed by ENTAG (Ethiopia-Netherlands Trade for Agriculture Growth) and AgriProFocus in support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Ethiopia. It seeks to promote youth entrepreneurship and bridge the gap between industries and recent university graduates. On February 25, 2019, 19 university graduates organized in five multidisciplinary teams presented their business plan in front of a panel of judges and project partners at the Netherlands (EKN) embassy compound. The judges selected “Production of vermicompost from potato waste” as the wining concept for Seneselet Food Processing PLC and “Feather meal production from by-product of boiler feather” won the concept for Chico Meat factory. The certification process was done by H.E. the Ambassador of the Netherlands Mr. Bengt van Loosdrecht.

The one of a kind project designed to support recent university graduates develop problem solving mentally through training and technical support was tailored towards waste management problems forwarded by the 2 volunteering Dutch companies in agribusiness (Chico Meat and Senselet Food processing Plc). Following the introduction of the programme the five teams presented the following business plans

(i) “Feather meal production from the by-product of broiler feathers” by the Visionaries

(ii) “Production of Vermicompost from Potato waste” by Potato waste processing group

(iii) “Chicken feather for production of pillows” by The Ants

(Iv) “Production of bioplastic and bioethanol from potato waste

(v) “Fidopica feed: A project on waste management from poultry processing by The Optimizers

For the last two months, the teams received several trainings along with discussions with the companies to develop their solutions on how to add value to waste towards circular economy. Prior to the final decision, the groups were given an opportunity to further explain, potential labor opportunities for women and youth, market opportunities, availability of processing products, bases for final product price estimate and also had the opportunity to show their end products.

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Ensuring inters are meeting their learning objectives – BENEFIT-ENTAG 2nd midterm internship review meeting

On January 1, 2019, BENEFIT-ENTAG post-graduate internship project held its second midterm review meeting with twenty interns from across four regions. The meeting was organized to evaluate the various activities in the internship programme, address issues to effectively utilize the remaining internship period and contribute towards effective management of the project in the future.  The twenty interns are recent BSc and MSc graduates from different universities in agribusiness, horticulture and other agricultural disciplines. Thus far, the project has places over 80 interns with an existing host companies engaged in horticulture, spices, aquaculture etc.

Shitaye Adugna, ENTAG Innovation and Internship Manager who facilitated the meeting presented the objectives  as follows

  • To evaluate orientation training, learning plan and internship objectives and to analyse its practicality in terms of actual interns’ performances
  • To enable interns to effectively utilize the remaining internship period
  • To identify problem areas and rectify them
  • To provide feedback for effective management of the program in the future

During the first session, the interns shared their experiences working with farmers, coffee quality and processing, marketing agro chemicals and pesticides, conducting environmental and social impact assessment, compost production to increase coffee production, crop management, conducting baseline survey, reviewing corporate social responsibility, laboratory control etc. 90% said they are very happy with their experience while 10% need some support in addressing some issues to ensure their intern experience become fruitful.

Discussion highlights

  • The value of having a well qualified, knowledgeable and skilled supervisor who is willing to give the interns a meaningful learning experience was raised repeatedly. The goal of the project is to give the interns enough exposure and practical experience to build their confidence and enhance their employability. Out of twenty, only three reported lack of proper support from supervisors. Some of the challenges inters faced in this area included
    • Supervisors not willing to show interns the different aspects of the business and the tendency to keep them in one area (eg. Production)
    • In most cases, supervisors who have lower level of education are intimidated by the inters and are resistance to give their full support to the interns (job security).
  • Hard work, good attitude and willingness to learn have more value that education for most companies. Some were even told, if they want to continue working as regular employees they will have to take low salary that might not reflect their educational background. In those circumstances, the interns were advices to continue working until a better opportunity comes up.
  • It was noted that to get maximum benefit from the internship experience timing of placement is crucial. Some missed the planting season and started during harvest, limiting their experience in the 4 months given for the internship.
  • Distance of field work and lack of proper transport is a challenge raised by those who work closely with farmers.
  • Relevance of confidence and networking in securing a job was highlighted.

 

Testimonies

“In spite of the hardship, the hot and dry weather, and difficulty to reach farmers in remote place, it is very gratifying to see the changes in the lives of the farmers. We learned a lot and have a lot to teach others. I have seen a farmer transform his life within a short period of time and I want to do the same.”   Aniyo Yohannes Animal Production Coordinator at Temesgen Retebo Integrated Farm

“I work closely with a person who has over 11 years’ experience in agro chemical and I have learned a lot from him. I did not know much about marketing before, but now I know I am good at it. I go around and talk to farmers to better understand their needs. I can answer questions on crop chemical and pesticides better than those who studied crop production. The best thing I have learned is the value of networking. Whenever opportunities arise, I give my number and ask how I can help.” Wolde Ayano, Sales Officer at Alema Farm

Hikma Sultan, Assistant Internship Coordinator at BENEFIT/ ENTAG “I feel very lucky to have this opportunity. I am placed in a good environment where I can learn a lot. I am getting experience in organizing meetings, budgeting, facilitating payments etc.  I am also using the opportunity to network and meet people. What I like the most about working with my supervisor is the fact that I have a weekly learning plan where I get to learn something new every week. Day by day I am more confident I can deliver tasks assigned to me.”

 

Bringing Entrepreneurship to the young

One of the key activities implemented by BENEFIT-ENTAG supports interns with a meaningful experience that enhances their employability and skills through its postgraduate internship programme.  Accordingly, the progreamme provided training on entrepreneurship on November 7-9, 2018, at Azzeman Hotel in Addis Ababa.  Twenty eight aspiring interns who are currently placed with various agribusiness, horticulture and other agriculture related companies gathered to learn how to recognize business opportunities and become self-reliant by setting up successful businesses.

During the introduction phase it was noted that most of the interns’ knowledge regarding entrepreneurship is limited to a single course taken during their studies, and most have no practical experience. The three day training covered topics on what entrepreneurship means, the relevance of role models, entrepreneurship competencies, social entrepreneurship, profile of an entrepreneur, prerequisite for action, criteria for business opportunities, idea generation and developing business plan. The interns discussed the multiple challenges in the Ethiopian context, such as lack of support, lack of motivation, lack of confidence, market fluctuation, financial constraint, limited managerial, marketing and leadership skills, lack of collaborative efforts etc.

The training provided a dynamic platform where individuals explored their strengths and skills through practical applications and self-examinations. During one of the practical exercises, the interns were grouped to develop business plans in the area of marketing, distribution, vegetable and spice production, poultry and sheep and goats production. They also viewed inspiring videos on entrepreneurs who started small and managed to turn their businesses into big successes.

During the reflection session the interns appreciated the simple and understandable way the training was provided, and agreed that the training encouraging them to think outside the box, build their skills in communication and leadership, strengthen their networking and be more creative in using existing opportunities.

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