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Ethiopian growers flee nurseries because of riots

Large protests broke out in the Ethiopian region of Oromiya a few days ago. Growers fled their nurseries as a precaution. Rebels invaded several...

HortiFlora Expo, Ethiopia is coming up

In a little more than two months the next edition of the international horticulture trade fair “HortiFlora Expo” will be held in the capital...

Things have calmed down in Ethiopia

On Friday, all subscribers to Vakblad voor de Bloemisterij will have the first ever Floribusiness magazine delivered to them. This special edition is an...

Militant young people resist horticultural companies in Ethiopia

With the arrival of a new prime minister last March, it seemed like calm had been restored in Ethiopia. However, the resistance against foreign...

General strike hits flower production in Ziway, Ethiopia

There’s been a general strike in Ethiopia since Friday. Work at the flower farms in Ziway also came to a halt for three days....

Richard Fox: “Kenya, Ethiopia, Colombia and Ecuador are key players”

Richard Fox, Director Sustainability with Flamingo Horticulture, among other things, is the new chairman of Union Fleurs, organisation for the international plant and flower...

State of emergency brings stability for nurseries in Ethiopia

After last week’s strikes at nurseries in the Oromia region, things have calmed down again in Ethiopia. The government has declared a State of...

HortiFlora Expo in Ethiopia much more diversified

In a little more than a month the 7th edition of the international horticulture trade fair 'HortiFlora Expo Ethiopia' will take place in Addis...

Seventh HortiFlora in calm Ethiopia

HPP Exhibitions is busy preparing for the next horticultural trade fair in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia next March. The previous edition of HortiFlora Expo...

Demand for horticultural site Ethiopia exceeds supply

A 500-ha plot of horticultural land to be developed near Bahir Dar, is attracting a lot of interest. Dutch growers who already have a...

Frank Ammerlaan: ‘Ethiopia is still Africa of course – nothing is easy’

Why did you decide to go to Ethiopia?“After we’d completed our studies in Business Administration and Plant Sciences respectively, my brother Wim and myself...

Floriculture trade fair Ethiopia postponed until next year

The Hortiflora Expo, which HPP Exhibitions was going to organise in March, has been postponed until 2018. Organiser Dick van Raamsdonk said that there...

Development of new horticultural area in Ethiopia


Ethiopia wants to double its agricultural production. The Netherlands support the Ethiopian government. The current focus is on the integrated development of a new horticultural and floricultural area north of Hawassa. In the meantime, the Dutch embassy is having a critical dialogue with Ethiopia and helping the Ethiopian government to start a conversation with its discontented population.

‘It would be much too risky to continue our activities in Ethiopia’


2016 has been a very tough year for Esmeralda Farms. Last June, Peter Ullrich, founder and driving force behind one of the largest floricultural companies in the world, passed away. In August, their farm in Ethiopia was attacked by rebels. Present owner Clarisse Ullrich decided subsequently that Esmeralda would cease their activities in Africa. And the office in Aalsmeer, the Netherlands, was shut down as well. In the beginning of December, Clarisse Ullrich tells us her story. “What would you do? We lost millions in Ethiopia. Would you invest another couple million to repair the damage, knowing that the same thing might happen again? Probably not!”

‘Damage Esmeralda in Ethiopia not too severe’


Esmeralda’s farm wasn’t totally destroyed. That’s what Tewodros Zewdie, the executive director of the Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association, says. According to him, the damage isn’t too bad and the company should be able to start up again.

Rebellions have no negative impact on Ethiopian flower supply


This year’s supply of flowers from Ethiopia to FloraHolland, is more or less the same as last year. Despite the fact that companies were attacked by rebels, there was only a slight decrease. But the riots are slowing down the expected growth for the next few years.

Ethiopian farms again under attack of rebels


Rebels destroyed several flower farms in Ethiopia last week. In Ziway, where the largest rose production site in Ethiopia is situated, everything is still under control.

Image of Ethiopian horticulture severely damaged


"Kenya is more of a Wild West than Ethiopia" is what news agency Bloomberg wrote down at a nursery in Ethiopia on the 24th of August. The reason for the report were the riots at the end of 2015. Only a week after Bloomberg published its report, the next incident happened. Ten horticultural companies outside the town of Bahir Dar were confronted by population groups that disagree with the government. Esmeralda Farms was hit worst. A ten million investment literally went up in smoke. The company closed down.

Esmeralda Farms in Ethiopia knocked down


The entire company of Esmeralda Farms in Ethiopia has been knocked down because of arson. CEO Loui Hooyman estimates that 10 millions of investments have been gone up in smoke.