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Ethiopia earns U.S. 334 million dollars
from coffee export in five months

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- The Ethiopian government said on Wednesday that it has generated more than 334 million U.S. dollars from the export of coffee to the global market during the past five months.

The announcement by the Ethiopian Coffee and Tea Development and Marketing Authority on Wednesday said that the east African country has secured the reported amount of revenue from the export of 92,136 tons of coffee to the global market.

Ethiopia is one of Africa’s largest producers of Arabica coffee, in which coffee production is dubbed as the backbone of the country’s agriculture-led economy.

The east African country had generated a record 866 million U.S. dollars from the export of coffee last Ethiopian fiscal year from the export of 221,000 tons of coffee to 56 countries worldwide.

Ethiopia’s coffee export earnings of the 2016/2017 fiscal year saw a 92 percent achievement of the initial target, which was set by the state owned Ethiopian Coffee and Tea Development and Marketing Authority.

Germany, Saudi Arabia, the United States, Belgium, Sudan and South Korea were among the top importers of the Ethiopian coffee, accounting for close to 86 percent of the total coffee exported from Ethiopia last fiscal year.



Ethiopian Ministry to support students affected in recent violence

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- The Ethiopia Ministry of Education on Tuesday revealed a plan to support more than 1.36 million Ethiopian students who were affected by recent disputes along the border between Oromia and Ethiopian Somali regional states.

Education Minister Tilaye Gete said on Monday that the support package, which will be implemented with 289 million Ethiopian birr (close to 10 million U.S. dollars), is mainly aimed to provide humanitarian requirements for more than 1.36 million students who are enrolled in 305 schools in the reported area.

According to Gete, the support will be provided to the two regional states administration bodies so as to subsidize the provision of food and other humanitarian support for affected students.

According to the Ethiopia Ministry of Education, close to 100,000 students, out of the total of 1.36 million who are affected by the conflict, are left homeless in the aftermath of the violence that erupted between the two ethnic groups.

Meanwhile, Gete also announced that universities that were affected by violent demonstrations across the east African country in recent weeks are now undertaking the normal teaching-learning process.

The ministry had been recently warning Ethiopian higher education students to refrain from violent demonstrations.

After the death of four students was confirmed as a result of the unrest in three universities, a command post, coordinated by the federal government and regional administrations, was established to secure a peaceful environment in higher educational institutions.

Even though the unrest seems to have significantly eased in recent days, scores of students in various universities have reportedly left their campuses concerning fear of violence. 


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