ETHIOPIA – Ethiopia is employing technological innovations to enhance the quality and standards of its horticultural exports, according to the Ethiopian Agricultural Authority.

This was announced during the ongoing conference in Addis Ababa, organized to focus on the production quality and safety of Ethiopia’s horticultural products.

The event aims to create an environment where Ethiopian horticultural products can compete effectively in the international market.

Ethiopian Agricultural Authority Director-General Diriba Kuma emphasized the country’s capacity to produce a vast array of horticultural products. Despite past challenges in the sector, efforts to boost productivity and quality are showing promising results.

Diriba noted, “As Ethiopia’s 80 percent export commodities come from the agriculture sector, improving and modernizing the transactions and networks is imperative.”

Historically, the quality of Ethiopian horticultural products was assessed manually, leading to inconsistencies in meeting international standards. However, technological innovations are now being utilized to address these issues and ensure compliance with global quality standards.

The conference provides a platform for experience exchange and showcases the authority’s efforts in improving the horticultural sector. Ethiopian Horticulture Producers and Exporters Association President, Tewodros Zewede, highlighted the importance of this event.

“This conference will create a conducive situation to deliberate on issues of production, productivity, and export of horticultural products,” he said.

Delegates from Europe and other African countries are participating, offering opportunities to share experiences and strategies for enhancing horticultural production and export.

The conference is also aligned with European Union guidelines on horticultural products, ensuring Ethiopian exports meet these stringent standards.

E-Learning initiative for horticultural advancement

In a related development, the Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association (EHPEA) and TradeMark Africa have secured a USD 151,000 grant to introduce an advanced e-learning and knowledge management system in Ethiopia’s horticulture sector.

This project, funded by the European Union through the Agence Française de Développement (AfD), was formalized with an agreement signing at Skylight Hotel.

This initiative aims to provide comprehensive e-learning resources tailored to the needs of Ethiopia’s horticulture industry.

The project is expected to equip individuals and businesses with modern tools to increase productivity and improve market competitiveness. It is a significant step for the EHPEA, which has been dedicated to building the capacity of commercial farms through its accredited TVET Center.

The new e-learning system is set to foster regional economic ties and develop critical infrastructure. The introduction of advanced technologies, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), data analytics, and cloud computing, will transform how Ethiopian farmers manage their crops.

These tools will enhance production processes, resource management, and market access. Real-time data from IoT sensors will enable farmers to make informed decisions that boost yields and minimize environmental impacts.

TradeMark Africa’s representative at the event stated, “The use of cutting-edge technology will not only increase efficiency but also ensure that our farmers are well-equipped to meet global standards.”

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