Flower Growers Request Help in Sourcing Sugar

Apr 16 , 2022

The Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association (EHPEA) is petitioning the Ministry of Industry for help in sourcing sugar on behalf of five flower growers. Floriculturists use sugar as a natural preservative to extend the shelf life of fresh-cut flowers destined for export. The letter was written on behalf of Afri Flower, Tal Flower, Beti Ornamental Plants, JoyTech Flowers and Klaver Flowers. These companies export gypsophila summer flower types and employ over 2,000 people. The industry lobby group has also been vocal in its opposition to the central bank's updated forex retention rules introduced in January. A recent central bank directive upping price floors for flower exports has also been cause for concern.


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