Ethiopia offers new land for floriculture and horticulture to Dutch firms
(Hortipoint) — Ethiopia wants to transform a 1,500 ha State-owned farm north of Hawassa into a new land area for floriculture and horticulture activities, according to an article published in the Dutch Floriculture publication Vakblad voor de Bloemisterij.
The Netherlands government will support the development of the project and help to find investors. According to Niek Bosmans from the Embassy of the Netherlands in Addis, sustainability will be at the core of this project, which will be implemented on land which was used by the government since long ago.
This project is part of the plan of Ethiopia to double its agrarian output. A similar project of 200 ha was already carried out in the area of Bahir Dar.
Below is a Google translated version from Dutch:
Ethiopia wants a former state farm of 1,500 hectares to turn on new ‘horti- / floriculture’ area. The Dutch government helps the integral development and the search for investors.
Ethiopia wants to double its agricultural production. Several initiatives by the Dutch government before the country develops and there is often involved. This time it is a former state farm north of the city Hawassa, about 275 km in Addis Ababa. According to Niek Bosmans, agricultural counselor for the Dutch Embassy in Ethiopia, is the approach to develop a highly durable production area along with growers. Sustainable on all fronts, not just in the field of environment and labor. Therefore, knowledge and experience of Dutch comes in handy, says Bosmans. He wants to organize a meeting in the Netherlands in late February for producers who want to invest in the area. “Flower growers are welcome but also growers who want to cultivate in Ethiopia vegetables or other crops.”
For edge Worth Ende plans for activities near Hawassa started a few years ago. By and large they agree with what is around Bahir Dar, nearly 500 km north of Addis Ababa, something previously used for a plot of 200 hectares. There in 2016 by the troubles only made on the site. Bosmans notes that with growers, suppliers and governments is still interested in developing land in Ethiopia. The Dutch government is proposing a number of additional conditions, such as transparent processes and the involvement of local people. The riots in 2016 have claimed Bosmans various political causes that have not all been resolved. About the misuse of land in the new horticultural area in Hawassa will be no discussion, according to him. The land has long been owned and used by the government.
More about this project and Ethiopia can be found in the Magazine of Friday, January 13th, 2017.
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