On 22 December 2021, the Ethiopian ATA held a certification and discussion program with key stakeholders on Oromia fresh Avocado export.
The ATA Oromia regional office organized the discussion and certification program. The event was attended by H.E Abdurahman Abdela, with the level of vice president, head of Agriculture & rural sector, Ato Abera Worku, head of the Oromia Bureau of Agriculture, and officials and representatives from various bureaus, agencies, and private sectors.
The discussion was aiming to provide an overview of the experiences, lessons learned, and challenges encountered during the pilot export process. One of the success factors for fruitful implementation was discovered to be stakeholder synergy, particularly public-private partnership. In addition, organizing Avocado producing farmers in FPC and certifying them for Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) is one of the goals of the process.
Hunda’ol Vegetable and Fruit producing farmers’ cooperative received GAP certificate. Ato Ashenafi Ayalew has represented Hundaol Fruit and Vegetable Cooperative to receive the Global a Gap certification. The certification aims to create the opportunity to sell avocado in the international market by maintaining its quality, traceability, and other international market requirements.
Ethiopia has now exported 18 tons of avocado from the Oromia region to the international market (Spain, UAE, and Saudi Arabia). ETHIO FRESH EXPORT enterprise exports fresh Ethiopian avocados from the smallholder farmers.