In order to reach the world market for horticulture, the Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) began direct freighter flight from Bahir Dar, the capital of Amhara regional state, to Liege, Belgium, carrying 45 tons of flowers on January 24, 2018.
The airlines will have three direct flights a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) to the European nation, thus enabling investors to supply fresh horticulture produce to the global markets, said Yihenew Alem, promotion and public relation head of Amhara regional state investment commission.
Tana Flora, Ethio Agri-CEFT and Koga Veg. Agricultural Development PLC exported 45 tons of horticulture produces for the first time to the European market directly from Bahir Dar via the Ethiopian airlines.
The commencement of the flights would also have a significant contribution to attract more investment to the regional state as well as to the country, it was noted.
The regional state has granted 1,300 hectares of land for 16 horticulture investors and six of them have entered into production phase, according to Yihenew.
It also readied additional 800 hectares of land for investors who are keen to engage in the horticulture sector.