Ethiopia has exported $400 million worth of horticulture goods during the first nine months of the current budget year of Ethiopia, which began July 8, 2019.
This is indicated by the Ministry of Agriculture Horticulture Support Director Mekonnen Solomon, who spoke to The Ethiopian Herald. Currently some 60 percent of the flower growers in Ethiopia are engaged in export, which was initially affected by the global pandemic, according to Mr. Mekonnen.
The previous budget year ended July 7, 2019, Ethiopia has earned $318 million from horticulture exports out of which $60 million was generated from flower, according to official government reports. Recently, Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde GebreMariam stated that Ethiopia’s flower export is growing amid COVID-19.
Mr. Tewolde indicated that the fact that Kenya, the top flower exporter in Africa, was unable to export its flowers because many airlines used to transport flowers have suspended their operations.