Ethiopia: Int'l Conference On Pulses, Oil Seeds and Spices Opens
Fri Nov 23 2018
Addis Ababa — An international
conference aimed at strengthening and expanding market destinations for
Ethiopian pulses, oilseeds and spices kicked off here today. Opening the two-day conference,
Minister of Trade and Industry Fetlework Gebregziabeher said the economic
growth of Ethiopia is attracting global attention.
The "government is committed
to sustain this growth and wishes to see a private sector that can be the
backbone of the economic transformation, particularly in the agricultural
sector," she pointed out.
Fetlework stated that Ethiopia is
endowed with vast untapped cultivable land and huge young working force that
could help achieve the targets set by the country in bringing agricultural
Ethiopian Pulses, Oilseeds and
Spices Processors-Exporters Association President, Haile Berhe stated that
"the main aim of the conference is to strengthen existing market
destinations and expand to other emerging market destinations for Ethiopia's
diverse pulses, oilseeds and spices exports."
Haile stated that the association
is working on export diversification and value adding. Ethiopia has over 55
destination countries, India being its biggest importer.
The country earned 420, 350, and
16 million USD from oilseeds, pulses and spices, respectively, last budget
year, the president revealed.
Indian specialist in indenting of
pulses at Shree Laxmi Trading Corporation, Kabra Dhruv told ENA that Ethiopian
products imported to India are of premium quality that could even compete with
international standard products.
He said "we import sesame
seeds, beans and pulses, among others, from Ethiopia, especially products that
come from Gojjam and Birsheloko are of very good quality."
Indian Jindal Overseas
Corporation Conveyor, Pradeep Jindal stated that this international conference
will create a platform for discussion and sharing of experiences that helps
some low quality exporters to improve their performances.
The conference is organized
jointly by Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ethiopian Pulses, Oilseeds and
Spices Processors-Exporters Association.