Ethiopian Press Agency (Addis Ababa)

Ethiopia: Addis to Host Second Pulses, Oilseed and Spices International Conference

Addis Ababa — The Ethiopian Pulses,Oilseed and Spices Processors Exporters Association announced that the 2nd international conference on the sector will be held November, 28-29, 2012 in Addis.

In a press briefing yesterday, Association President Haile Berhe said that considering its economic benefits in generating foreign currency, the government has given special attention to the sector. The conference will be held with the theme : "Agri-Commodity Trade: Challenges and Opportunities" and be a platform to share experiences between exporters and international buyers.

According to Haile, the expansion of market destination needs strategic action. In this regard, the conference will create a better opportunity to expand market networking for exporters.

Trade Ministry Cereal Products Marketing Directorate Director Getahun Bikora also said that over the last fiscal year, Ethiopia obtained 633 million US dollars from the export of pulses, spices and oilseed. This budget year, the sector would generate 915 million dollars amount possibly growing to 2.02 billion dollars by the end of the GTP.

Research findings that give insight into the trends and developments of the sector would be presented at the conference, which would be attended by over 100 major international buyers and 150 national exporters.

Ethiopia exports pulses, oil seeds and spices to China, India, Israel, Turkey, Netherlands, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, among others.

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