Addis Fortune (Addis Ababa)

18 November 2012

Ethiopia: The First Horticulture Directory On the Way

ITM International Training and Consulting Service in collaboration with Jimma University is going to publish the first Horticultural directory in Ethiopia with the total cost of 800,000 Br. The directory entitled "Ethiopian Horticulture Directory 2013 - 14" displays all the data about the Ethiopian horticultural sector, to the.

The directory will be available to users in three formats: Hardcopy, CD and Website. The hard copies will have 670 pages. The hard copy and website will be updated in two years interval while the CD's will be updated annually.

This directory is conceived to fill the information gap between stakeholders by promoting the booming Ethiopian horticulture industry and image building of the nation, according to Getachew Geremew General manager of ITM.

ITM has planned to print 20,000 Directory which will be distributed to the stakeholders such as farm unions, foreign embassies, government bureaus and for those which are actively participating in the horticultural business. Besides the flower and agriculture as well as fruit farms, the directory has encompassed horticulture equipment suppliers & manufacturers' directive, chemical manufacturers and distributive directive. It also includes information about airlines and cargo forwarding companies, packaging companies, banks and insurance companies and government agencies.

Currently, 50pc of the design and 70pc of the writing part is already completed that the whole process of Directive fill planned to be completed in March by the time the Ethiopian Horticultural Agency has exhibition. The horticulture sector has registered a total export earning of 267.7 million dollars in 2011/12 fiscal year and employees close to 180,000 people currently.

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