Ethiopia: PM Abiy Says Govt Exerts Efforts to Expand Agricultural Dev’t, Agro-Industry

Addis Ababa — Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said that the government of Ethiopia has been exerting efforts to expand agricultural development and agro-industry sector in a bid to enhance national economy of the country.

The premier made the remark today at the inauguration ceremony of the Yirgalem Integrated Agricultural Industrial Park built at a cost of 2.2 billion Birr.

During the occasion, Abiy said that the Yirgalem Integrated Agricultural Industrial Park located in Sidama region is part of the ongoing efforts and is a clear indication of Ethiopia’s future journey to prosperity.

The newly inaugurated park has a wide range of benefits as it engages in processing organic products of dairy, avocado and coffee for export market, he added.

Situated on 294.5 hectares, the industry park’s potential value chain includes fruits and vegetables, dairy, meat, poultry, coffee, cereal and pulses, using produce from local farmers as input, Prime Minister Abiy stated.

Currently, those active are engaged in avocado oil, honey and coffee capsule processing.

Abiy further stressed the need for expanding the agro-industry sector in the country in order to become self-sufficient in food by efficiently utilizing the labor and knowledge of the farmer.

Minister of Trade Melaku Alebel for his part stated that the Integrated Agro-Industry development is a unique instrument to expedite economic structural transformation by enhancing agriculture – industry linkages.