Government pledges to address obstacles of horticulture sector

(Photo: Anteneh Aklilu)

After a four-year hiatus, the eighth edition of HortiFlora Expo was held for three days beginning March 8.
The Minister of Agriculture, Girma Amente, commented on the start of one of the largest horticultural expos on the continent by saying that issues made by horticulture investors will be resolved because the industry is very beneficial to the nation.

(Photo: Anteneh Aklilu)

The majority of the worries raised by developers are related to foreign exchange, infrastructure, and land issues like expansion, the Minister told the media after his visit.
After coffee, the industry ranks among the top sources of hard money.
The sector generated USD 414 million from exports in the first seven months of the 2022–23 budget year, according to Girma, “which is a very large achievement.”
The fruit and vegetable subsector is now expanding, and it has received significant attention in our next agriculture and rural development policy, which is anticipated to be approved before the end of the fiscal year, he continued.