ADDIS ABABA – WBM Avocado Oil, a private company, has started to process organic avocado oil production, after installing the second avocado processing plant in Ethiopia.
The facility, built at the cost of 104 million birr, is located inside Yirgalem Integrated Agro-Industrial Park (YIAIP) located in the south-central Sidama state.
According to the Ministry of Industry, the company has created job opportunities for a total of 200 people at its production facility which became operational two weeks ago.
It has created a market link with 40,000 avocado farmers living within a hundred radius of the industrial park, said Tamene Gobena, General Manager of WBM.
He said the company has created a sustainable income for farmers and can now produce the oil without needing to import any inputs from abroad.
The company will soon start to export its products to the European market, said its general manager of the only the second avocado oil producer in Ethiopia
Tradin Organic is the first company to start processing avocado oil in the East African nation after creating a market tie with 88, 000 farmers nearby YIAIP.
Its factory, inaugurated in October 2019, is currently exporting its organic avocado oil to the Netherlands market.