Govt to support local enterprises to test quality of honey for export
ADDIS ABEBA – Two state offices have teamed up to support selected public and private enterprises to establish and upgrade Quality Testing Laboratories for honey.
Top officials of the two, Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) and Ministry of Trade and Industry (MoTI), signed a partnership agreement on Thursday.
Honey exporters in Ethiopia have to send samples of their processed honey to Germany and other countries for quality testing and assurance.
During this process, they face challenges related to foreign currency and the inconvenience of sending samples overseas.
Thursday’s Memorandum of Understanding agreement was signed with the aim to provide financial and technical support to the enterprises “to establish and upgrade internationally accredited quality testing laboratories for honey”, according to ATA.
The CEO of ATA Khalid Bomba, after the signing of the MoU, said that the two sides have been collaborating and working together on a number of projects.
This particular partnership will help to establish internationally recognized honey quality testing labs in the country.
This in turn will positively impact markets as well as production and productivity of honey processors in the country through creating convenience to the export market.
“The support for quality testing laboratories will also have a direct effect on smallholder farmers engaged in beekeeping, as an increase in the volume of export will in turn increase their income and overall livelihoods,” he added.
State Minister for Trade and Industry Eshete Asfaw on his part said that capacitating the quality testing labs through helping them to acquire the right technology.
“The labs will be capable of providing accredited and globally recognized tests in an accurate, timely and cost-competitive manner for national honey exporters.”