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Lessons Learned: Enhancing the Ethiopian spices export, BENEFIT-ENTAG

The Ethiopian spices sub-sector has been characterized by use of poor yielding varieties, traditional production technologies and agronomic practices, with a lengthy value chain, adulteration, improper post-harvest handling, and high market volatility. Subsequently the export of Ethiopian spices never passed USD$2.6 million in value.

To enhance the Ethiopian export trade and private sector development the BENEFIT-ENTAG programme has been working on addressing market constraints of the spice sectors through creating better market linkages, technical and financial support to innovations, capacity building activities, and platform meetings.

In 2019, BENEFIT-ENTAG helped 14 private companies and two unions, introducing modern spices production technologies and out-grower scheme business models. The programme’s effort in strengthening market linkages focused on working with buyers based in United Arab Emirates and India resulting in more than one million USD export of Ethiopian spices. ENTAG facilitated a contract volume of 1617MT of Turmeric, Rosemary and Ajwain seed worth $1.075 million among three Ethiopian exporters and three foreign buyers based in India and United Arab Emirates. A business network has been established among 14 Ethiopian private companies, two unions, international spice and herbs buyers and technology suppliers.

Lessons Learned

  1. Inclusive trade support with technical capacity building training on production and marketing, trade missions, both forward and backward integration, and active involvement of private and government actors across the whole value chain were key success factors.
  2. The increasing credibility of BENEFIT-ENTAG and its effort to work in parallel with key stakeholders at regional and federal levels, such as Ethiopian Coffee, Tea and Spices Agency, Ethiopian exporters, commercial investors, traders, development agents, model farmers, cooperative and union leaders, was fundamental to create familiarity and build trust resulting in efficient and effective communication and follow-ups.
  3. Major challenges encountered included limited technical support in export contract facilitation and backward integration, need for export procedure and technical manuals to minimize contract defaults, and the need to work on disease outbreak and adulteration practice (ginger disease) that corrupts the quality of products caused reduction of export volume.

 

BENEFIT-ENTAG 11th Poultry Sector platform meeting on poultry farm biosecurity

Poultry farm biosecurity is one of the main challenges within the poultry sector. Even though the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) is working on implementing the poultry disease control strategic plan, developed by ENTAG in 2018, biosecurity is still a rising critical issue bringing negative impacts on production in small, medium to commercial largescale farms.

In response to this, ENTAG’s Poultry Sector 11th platform meeting was held on December 17, 2019 to discuss the current biosecurity challenges in and around Bishoftu and find short and long term solutions. The meeting attracted 61 attendants from the private sector, governmental offices, NGOs and the Private Sector Association. Prior to the discussion, two presentations covering the concept of vaccination and poultry farm biosecurity and an overview of the current status on biosecurity in Bishoftu was given by the National Veterinary Institute (NVI) and an the Bishoftu town Urban Agricultural Office respectively.

The meeting was a great opportunity to identify possible solutions, discuss way forward and establish a taskforce to follow up on the action points agreed upon. A taskforce composed of  members from the National Animal Health Diagnostic Centre (NAHDIC), National Veterinary Institute (NVI), Oromia National Regional State Bureau of Livestock and Fisheries Development, Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), Urban Agricultural Office, Ethiopian Meat and Dairy Industry Development Institute (EMDIDI), Bishoftu town municipality and the Ethiopian Poultry Producers and Processors Association (EPPPA) was established to follow upon actions points,  EPPPA was nominated to lead the taskforce.

Aflatoxin in Pulses: the case of BENEFIT-ENTAG contribution to the spice, herbs and pulses sectors in Ethiopia

The Ethiopia pulses and spices/herbs sector is still at its infant stage, and compared to the country’s potential, production, export and consumption of spice/herbs and pulses is very low. The recent increasing global attention given to food safety and quality standards is highly affecting the many efforts happening at different levels to strengthen the sector. Especially the issue of aflatoxin in Ethiopia spices and pulse export is by far becoming a major quality and food safety issue that has been raised repeatedly in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

This briefing note summarizes the issue, the intervention and lessons learned from BENEFIT-ENTAG spice, herbs and pulses sub-sector, to resolve issue of aflatoxin in Ethiopia spices and pulse export.

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.

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