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Ethiopia - Roses cast shadow over coffee

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12/16/07

  11:06:27 pm, by admin, 121 words  
Categories: Business, Ethiopia, Agriculture, Horticulture

Ethiopia - Roses cast shadow over coffee

A woman collects roses at a flower farm in Holeta, Ethiopia. Aptly labelled "black gold" by its growers, coffee remained Ethiopia's top foreign currency earner for over half a century, but its dominance is being challenged by flower sales reaching unprecedented numbers. (AFP)

Ethiopian roses cast shadow over coffee

HOLETA, Ethiopia (AFP)
- The smell of flowers is displacing the aroma of coffee as a driving force in the Ethiopian economy.

Booming floriculture is set to upstage decades-old coffee production as the top foreign exchange earner, with projected revenue looking rosy.

Boosted by government incentives and favourable market conditions, horticulture producers are targeting earnings of 1.4 billion dollars (960 million euros) within five years, more than Ethiopia's total exports in 2006.

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Comment from: bini [Visitor]
bini

wow that mean we are on the way to be just those rich country.thx nazret for bring us a good news keep it up ai

12/16/07 @ 23:22
Comment from: Z-Mike [Visitor]
Z-Mike

location, location, location,

Ethiopia is the most gifted nation in Africa and its matter of time before it leads Africa in its wealth. “Exporters cite Ethiopia’s location: its proximity to the Middle East and availability of direct flight connections to Europe, Asia and North America". Its great when ET airlines flys direct to N. America and Europe. I am sure in a very short time Ethiopians will have enough educated people to fill in the manpower need to handle it…

“The climate also enables production of highly marketable premium grade roses as well as summer flowers and carnations". Keep on building our nation’s economy. I cannot wait to read the rest of your comments. I am sure many of you will welcome all this wonderfull news but there is some that will say somthing bad…

Good work Ethiopians for building our economy!

12/16/07 @ 23:33
Comment from: funny [Visitor]
funny

Strawberry should over-jump the flower sector soonner. We need more export items, more foreign currency, minimize the trade defficit

12/16/07 @ 23:35
Comment from: mikey [Visitor]
mikey

BRAVO MELES!!

12/17/07 @ 00:17
Comment from: Alen Tadele [Visitor]
Alen Tadele

Dear readers,
Who cares about the environment which is bieng polluted and over consumed more than its capacity. Please let’s roar for the coming generations on the base of sustainable development.

12/17/07 @ 00:54
Comment from: eri-ferari [Visitor]  
eri-ferari

the rich is getting richer and the poor is getting poorer at an alarming rate..so for me personaly,i don’t actualy consider this as “development"…the minority tigrayans are the one who are in the driving seat when it comes to wealth while the rest of ethiopians suffer day and night..and further more,the ethiopian population is growing like village dogs and unless something is done, all this so called development thing won’t have any impact on the economy,..in simple words,can u imagin having a twin childern every 9 months while your salary is increasing with very very few percentage ??…if u see my eritrea, which has less population and less economy, u will clearly see that we have the upper hand when it comes to strong military,strong income percapital(better than ethiopia or better than many other afria n countries),no coruption,equivalent wealth distribution among all tribes, and i can say many more…i hope u ethiopians take my suggestion if u need a real change instead of fake development news like this one over here…i usualy i charge $ for this kind of suggestions or advises…but there u go, u got it all for free and think of it as a favour from your neighbour…u all take care

12/17/07 @ 02:45
Comment from: Voiceout [Visitor]
Voiceout

Good news! way to go! Ethiopia need to maximize export products and minimize imports. Its possible.

12/17/07 @ 02:46
Comment from: etiopian [Visitor]
etiopian

ethiopia is on the way keep it my brothers and sister well done.

12/17/07 @ 03:32
Comment from: chu [Visitor]
chu

Another GOOD news. Go Ethiopia!!!!

12/17/07 @ 03:40
Comment from: dude [Visitor]
dude

if everything is state controlled and we are not communist only other option is fascist…melex the great yagachal kemeret…literally

12/17/07 @ 04:21
Comment from: Tamrat gashaw [Visitor]
Tamrat gashaw

way way kinijit mote way way kinijit mote

12/17/07 @ 04:49
Comment from: omo [Visitor]
omo

Ethiopia is bestowed with good climate, fertile land and irrigable rivers. What we miss is peace, democracy and the rule of law. With a little change of mentality, hard work, solidarity among our people and good governance, Ethiopia could even be the bread basket of the horn of Africa.
Ethiopia as a bread basket is not a far fetched dream. It can be a reality in the immediate future, if we stop stabbing Ethiopia on all sides, knowingly and unknowingly. Remember, we are the first culprit for what has happened to our mother Ethiopia the last half century. We, her children betrayed her in the most abominable way.

12/17/07 @ 05:01
Comment from: weldemariam [Visitor]
weldemariam

it sure ethiopia is not poor nation ethioiopia needs only a leader who bring for peace for it´s people

12/17/07 @ 08:15
Comment from: Yeha [Visitor]
Yeha

Doesn’t matter Whether flowers or coffee all boosting productions are ours. Yes, indeed we will be next to the level of Singapore in a few years. Don’t forget the oil exploration is underway as well. All of which Ethiopian economy going to be moved to the next stage soon than you would predicted.

I wonder what is shabia thiniking all at this time around? nothing but waiting for the last moment of buriel by the handsome Ethiopian boy whom waiting for the last moment order by our commander in chief Melse Zenawi.

Ethioian for ever. Yeha

12/17/07 @ 08:38
Comment from: geb [Visitor]
geb

Phony people will find the sweet thing something sour.

When some good news come out of Ethiopia, the CUD Isayas shoe polishers will turn the good news into unhealthy situation. In fear of pollution and other factors, they want the country to remain where it is. Too bad for you ugly people who oppose the development of Ethiopia.

12/17/07 @ 09:34

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