ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) --
The 7th edition of HortiFlora
Expo will be held from March 14 to 16 in Ethiopia’s capital
Addis Ababa, attracting producers and input suppliers from home
The expo is
organized every two year by the Ethiopian Horticulture Producers
and Exporters Association (EHPEA) and HPP Exhibitions, with
participation of local and international exhibitors and
So far, 120 local
and international producers, input suppliers, consultants,
buyers and other pertinent stakeholders have registered for the
event, according to the organizers.
In a joint press
conference later Wednesday, the Executive Director of EHPEA,
Tewodros Zewdie, and President of HPP International Group B.V.,
Dick Van Raamsdonk, said HortiFlora 2018 Expo is an instrument
to attract new investors to Ethiopia and promote members’
product to the rest of the world.
Stating that the
expo has been growing in the size of the show and the number of
participating countries, Raamsdonk said it is now one of the
largest events in Africa.
horticulture and floriculture industry has developed over the
past 15 years towards a full-grown player and put itself on the
world map as one of the leading exporters of cut flowers, said
the joint press statement.
competitive and comparative advantage for the production and
export of horticulture products due to its suitable
agro-ecological zones, proximity to EU, United States, the
Middle East and Asia as well as the Ethiopian Airlines expanding
its international destinations, reiterated Tewodros.
railway project is now a new advantage for the sector’s
According to the
statement, eyeing the huge potential of the sector, the
government of Ethiopia has availed 6,000 hectares of land for