The Netherlands- Africa Business Council (NABC) together with the SBN Support Programme organised a two day visit on sesame producing areas of northwest Ethiopia for importers and business consultants from Europe and for local exporters from October 6- 7, 2015.
According to Mr. Hans van den Heuvel, agricultural counselor of the Netherlands Embassy in Addiss Ababa, the objective of the mission was to bring Ethiopian suppliers and European buyers of oil seeds and pulses together so that they will be able to develop concrete business development. It was also aimed at giving insights to participants about the current state of affairs and on how oil seeds and pulse sector can develop in the years to come.
In the first day of the mission, presentations and discussions were made on topics such as sesame production and marketing in Northwest Ethiopia especially by farmers’ cooperative unions; companies profiles, main challenges of Sesame Business Network and what the SBN Support Programme has been doing to support stakeholders; sesame related research activities and results and the potential of organic sesame production in the country and how to compensate those organic sesame producing farmers with premium price.
Participants of this mission visited Ambasel Trading House PLC sesame processing plant, research activities which are being undertaken on Sanja testing station of Gondar Agricultural Research Center, Tegede woreda, Seroka kebele sesame spot market centre and recently established sesame cleaning machine of Dansha Awrora Farmers’ Cooperative Union.
Participants were importers and business consultants from Europe, namely Neilos Trading PLC, DLV plant/GreenQ Agro-business, ED Organics, Flavori, Global Networks Solutions SAGL and Lithos Spices. Exporter participants from Ethiopia were drown from DH Geda Trade and Industry PLC, Edau International Trading (ADAMA), Netco Trading PLC, Debub Cooperative Federation, Tenaw Alehegn Import and Export, Anley Alem Seyoum Import and Export, Tsehay, Selam Dansha Awrora and Setit Farmer Cooperative Unions, researchers and staff members of the SBN Support Programme.