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PAGE 5 THE ETHIOPIAN HERALD TUESDAY 12 JUNE 2018

Ethiopia aspires to boost coffee


production
BY TEWODROS KASSA emphasized.
This year over one million coffee
According to the information seedlings have been prepared to be
found from the Ethiopian Coffee planted in the coming rainy season.
and Tea Development and Marketing In addition to this, 27,198 coffee
Authority the country has produced circumcisions and 11 ,323 coffee
a total of 449,000 tons of coffee in renewals were done so far aimed at
the last nine months. Out of this total improving the country’s coffee
production, the country has exported plantations’ production and
159,652 tons of coffee and generated productivity.
560 million USD. He indicated that lack of
Though the country has huge experienced coffee plantation experts
potential of growing flavorsome in the area has been a big obstacle
coffee, it has not benefited more in unlocking the country’s potentials
from the sector. And the country is in the sector. But, now the authority
undertaking massive coffee is working in collaboration with
production and productivity universities and agriculture colleges
improvement efforts throughout the to advance the sector with competent
whole coffee growing destinations. manpower specialized with coffee,
As it has potential for coffee tea and spices.
production with 6.19 quintals per The EU is the leading Ethiopian
hectare productivity, the nation has market accounting for 60 percent of
set a goal of increasing coffee export coffee export while Germany, Saudi
to support its economic development. Arabia, USA, Japan and Belgium
In an exclusive interview with are among the major destinations. In
The Ethiopian Herald, Authority the effort to improve Ethiopian coffee
Director General Sani Redi said that farmers’ productivity, the EU Coffee
the country is aspiring to become Action ET/FED/038-977 Project that
the world’s second coffee exporting would be active for two years signed
nation next to Brazil in the near Over 5.3 million Ethiopian farmers cultivate coffee. to fund fifteen million Euros for the
future. Modernizing coffee value farmers which is a plus to promote
chain, employing IT assisted export hectare of land; this retards the acquiring more income. According coffee seedlings are the core the country’s coffee earning.
control system and improving country from benefiting more from to the Central Statistical Authority, activities. In addition to these, with Generally, the country earns 571
Ethiopian Commodity Exchange the sector due to various bottlenecks. over 5.3 million Ethiopian farmers a view to implementing coffee million USD exporting 1 67,478
(ECX) capacity and encouraging The authority is expecting over cultivate coffee, tea and spices seedlings improvement, the authority million tons of coffee, tea and spices.
farmers who are producing coffee 700,000 tons of coffee production throughout the country. In order to has been working on supplying the In order to be competitive in the
to utilize modern technologies are this year. Increased attention has generate more from the sector various required inputs and carrying out wide world coffee market; the country is
fundamental tasks being carried out been given to the promotion measures are being undertaken to public mobilization and awareness working strenuously on coffee quality
to realize the target, according to of separate brands of Ethiopian boost coffee production in the creation training. inspection and certification,
him. coffee,” he noted. country. Among these, working “Coffee circumcision, latest coffee quarantine inspection and issuance
“Having 5.47 million hectare of Accordingly, the volume of closely with pertinent stakeholders plantation mechanisms and proper of standards certification for local
land favorable for coffee plantation, export planned for the year would and coffee growing farmers to meet fertilizer utilizations are essential exporters through undertaking
Ethiopia has coffee plantation make the country the second largest the country’s goals in the sector activities to regenerate the country’s successive supervisions, the director
cultivated only on one million coffee exporting country through through improved technologies of capacity of coffee production,” he recalled.

Nation's effort towards greenery program


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BY YOHANES JEMANEH
green economy, he added. The project knowledge.
will stay for four years and lead by The project would help the country
the ministry in collaboration with to develop the capacity of seed
Centre for Research in Agro Forestry providing institutions through
he fact that biology tells (CRAF). upgrading the system and
us is life is the result of mutual Recently a workshop was communication among stakeholders,
existence. Nothing is capable to stand organized by the ministry in believed Dr. Abayneh Derero,
alone. Even human being that has the collaboration with CRAF to discuss Forestry Expert at MEFCC. As to
ultimate power to control the nature on the objectives and current status him, the establishment of the project
cannot live without the existence of of the project. On the occasion, State would help to modernize the country’s
plants and animals for life is the result Minister Kebede said that the project informal tree seed providing system
of interdependence. Cognizant of this, would help the country to realize which lacks scientific process to
Ethiopia has been implementing greenery through providing quality formal level by resolving financial
various greenery programs that would tree seed, knowledge and capacity and knowledge constraints. It is also
encourage local and global effort building support. It would help to significant to achieve the national
towards conserving environment. improve the traditional tree seed greenery program through providing
Accordingly, the country is striving collection, storage and distribution quality tree seed in line with
to increase the gain from forestry from mechanism. ICRAF Country prioritization system which includes
the current four to eight percent of the Representative and PATSPO’s Project the climate, soil and seed type and
national GDP by 2020. Similarly, it Country Director Dr. Kiros Meles other factors that are critical scientific
is also working to upgrade forest believed that the commencement of measurements for healthy growth of
coverage from 15.5 to 20 percent the project is critical to advance a plant, he said.
within similar period. Therefore, country's forestry in quality tree seed The project which has been
greenery programs are designed and collection and seed management implemented by the financial support
under implementation in the Growth system that is believed to enable from Norwegian Government and
and Transformation Plan (GTP), REDD Ethiopia to achieve its plan of lead by the ICRAF in collaboration
plus and the Provision ofAdequate restoring 22 million hectare land forest with the MEFCC was started in 2017
Tree Seed Portfolios (PATSPO) by 2030. and it will stay until 2020. The millions are usually suffering from proper implementation of greenery
projects. The four-year long project program concrete outputs that are expected drought caused by poor environment programs.
According to Kebede Yimam, State mainly intended for reducing land when the project is phase out are conservation, exerting huge effort to And the PATSPO project is hope
Minister of the Ministry of degradation, climate change and efficient delivery system, modernized increase forest coverage is a must to flickering in this regard. One of the
Environment, Forest and Climate agricultural land expansion impacts tree seed and seedling knowledge alleviate the problem. Therefore, leading organizations (ICRAF) has
Change (MEFCC), the greenry that happen due to the increasing and information system, conservation implementing all programs through also worldwide experiences in forestry
programs are bearing fruits as the number of population has been and breeding and capacity building coordinated participation of with latest technologies and it has
country's forest coverage increased considered to play significant roles. to the national tree seed development. stakeholders is expected from the also pledged to provide the
from three to 15 percent over the past The project implementers and various The right tree to the right place is the ministry. Increasing the public technologies to the local tree seed
two decades. Currently, the ministry stakeholders have reached common heart of the plan for proper cultivation awareness on collecting seed and providing companies. The promises
is exerting efforts to implement understanding to utilize the system. This is significant to the cultivating plants is critical to this seem hopeful to the country, but needs
PATSPO project to enhance forest international forestation experience forestation activity of the country. end. It is also significant to implement a strong commitment of stakeholders
landscape restoration and to realize in line with nation’s indigenous For nations like Ethiopia where the state-of-the-art technologies for for lasting solutions.