ADDIS ABABA – Bahir Dar Fresh Plc., a private firm engaged in the production and export of fruits, begins exporting blueberries to the international market, Ethiopian horticulture exporters association said.
This export is the first of its kind in Ethiopia, announced the Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association (EHPEA) in a statement Monday.
The company launched the first export from its farm nearby Bahir Dar, capital city of Amhara regional state.
Its manager Fransisco said that the company is achieving best results in produce high quality blueberries for the export market.
It will now create 800 job opportunities and generate $2.5 million Dollars per year when it fully develops its 45h/a holding in the coming two years, the company said.
Officials of the Amhara regional state including Aynalem Niguessie, economic cluster coordinator in the rank of deputy administrator, visited the blueberry farm over the weekend.
During the visit, deputy administrator Aynalem appreciated the company for successfully implementing the project in short period of time.
The Deputy administrator also expressed the regional government’s commitment to encourage investors engaged in the production of high value crops for the export market.
The Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association has congratulated the company for its success to grow and export blueberries for international market.
Fruits makes a significant contribution to the Ethiopia’s annual Horticulture export, which generated $531 million revenue in the previous 2020/2021 fiscal year.