The horticulture industry, which contributed half a billion dollars in the last budget year, is vying to use shipment to export its product. In the new scheme the highly anticipated refrigerated containers or reefer containers will be used to export products through train via vessel.
Currently the horticulture industry is using airfreight to export its flower or fruit and vegetable products, while the sector actors claimed that using reefer container and export products via vessel would make Ethiopia’s product more competitive in the international market.
Using the new scheme Hass variety avocado was exported on Saturday August 22, in a vessel for the first time by refrigerated container. Ethiopian Horticulture Producers Exporters Association (EHPEA) announced that 25 tons of Hass variety avocado collected from 87 growers in Merawi Koga irrigation area is exported to Europe using a reefer container from Bahirdar, then by train from Mojo to Djibouti for the first time.