ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has launched on Saturday the first ever shipment of refrigerated fruits and vegetables to export the produces to European market.
The launch has been attended by high ranking government officials including Transport Minister, Dagmawit Moges, and representatives of the Netherlands embassy in Ethiopia.
Transport Minister Dagmawit said the latest operation “is an important step to look forward and utilize the cool logistics corridor development for the export of fruit and vegetables from Ethiopia”.
The first container – loaded with Avocado fruit – has been lifted from Modjo Dry port to Europe via Ethio-Djibouti transport corridor on Saturday.
Dagmawit said exports of fruits and vegetables is one of the self-evident economic growth industries globally.
“As we are striving to transform Ethiopia’s logistics sector, this trial will be a learning platform to visualize the sector’s potential and drawbacks,” she said.
The shipment of refrigerated fruits and vegetables has a paramount significance to boost the agricultural export sector and generate more foreign currency, Dagmawit added.
Officials say developing cold storage and associated facilities for perishable goods is a component of the country’s National Logistic Strategy.
“Our logistics centers will have complete facilities for handling these goods,” the minister said. Total cool chain export tonnage is expected to reach 3 million tons in the coming 10 years.
The latest operation has involved the Dutch Flying Swans Consortium with the support of Ethiopian the Netherlands governments.