Ethiopia hopes that in the near future black pepper will become a major source of hard currency in the nation’s agricultural sector. The government plans to earn half a billion USD from spices by 2025. Pepper is seen as having a lot of potential and plans are to cultivate the spice jointly with other crops.

During the second Spice, Herbs and Aromatic Black Pepper investment forum and private sector platform meeting organized by the Ethiopia-Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) and the Ethiopian Spice Aromatic and Herbs Growers and Producers Association experts said that the country has the potential to produce a huge amount of quality black pepper.

One advantage of black pepper is that it can be cultivated without complex technology.

It can be intercropped with other plants such as coffee, according to experts.

“It is a very young business in the country, pepper has been tested on state coffee farms in the past few decades and tabled for local markets,” Addisu Alemayehu, spice coordinator at ENTAG and researcher said.

Private farms began cultivating black pepper about four years ago once studies came out showing its potential.

“Over the past ten years spice production grew ten percent every year, when we just take black pepper into account it is actually dramatically high,” Addisu added.

According to the spice expert, the production of black pepper has grown by 1,800 percent since the cultivation was increased from 10 to 137 hectares over the past five years.

Locally the black pepper market is over USD 10 per kilogram. Ethiopian black pepper is worth up to USD 14 per kilogram on the export market. “It is over three times the amount of coffee and the yield is quite big when compared with coffee. Ethiopia producers, mainly coffee farms like Bebeka Coffee Farm are exporting the product to the European and Japanese markets,” he added.

Per hectare, farms have collected one ton of black pepper, scientists at Tepi Spice Research Center indicated that the country plans to harvest up to 28 quintals of black pepper per hectare.

Black pepper varieties produced in Ethiopia have registered high production quality, according experts.

Pioneer One Black Pepper, the highest quality variety in the world, is one of the products that Ethiopia has been able to grow.

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ADDIS ABABA, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- Ethiopia is keen to boost foreign earnings from the export of oil seeds, pulses and spices sub sector, according to the Ethiopian Ministry of Trade.

The East African country on Wednesday awarded top oil seeds, pulses and spices sub sector exporters, aiming to further augment the country's export earnings from the sector.

In an international conference held in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian Ministry of Trade in collaboration with Ethiopian Pulses, Oilseeds and Spices Processors-Exporters Association (EPOSPEA) has awarded 9 exporters that have earned Ethiopia a total of over 150 million U.S. dollars during last fiscal year.

Assad Ziad, Ethiopian State Minister of Trade, said that Ethiopia has targeted to increase the production of pulses, oil seeds and spices and income from the sector during the second five-year Growth and Transformation Period (GTP II/2016-2020).

Ethiopia has annually earned a total of 752.75 million U.S. dollars on average from pulses, oil seeds and spices sub sector over the last five years.

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Addis Ababa November, 16 2016

Ethiopia has earned USD 722.4 million from export of pulses, oilseeds and spices last Ethiopian fiscal year, Ministry of Trade (MoT) revealed.

Opening the 6th International Conference on Pulses, Oilseeds and Spices today, MoT State Minister Assad Zayed said even though the international price for agricultural commodities is volatile, the pulses, oil seeds and spices sub-sector has earned a total of 722.4 million USD during the first year of the Second GTP because of the integrated efforts of all stakeholders.

The state minister, however, urged stakeholders to do their level best for the successful accomplishment of the objectives of GTP II as the current performance has fallen short of the targeted 1.26 billon USD.

He pointed out that Ethiopia is paying due attention to increasing production and productivity, exporting value-added items, widening and diversifying market destinations during the Growth and Transformation plan period.

According to Assad, the progress made in the sub-sector and the market modernization at Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX) on online trading and implementation of traceability has become a benchmark for many African countries.

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