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    Another round of land grab in the name of horticulture investment in Ethiopia.

    Ethiopian Government is preparing to give another 50,000 hectares of land to investors. According to the Ethiopian Horticulture Producers Exporters Association, Ethiopia has readied 50 000 hectares of land to be leased for horticulture development. Tewodros Zewdie, Executive Director of EHPEA told WIC the regime identified corridors found in Oromia, Amhara, Tigray, SNNP and Eastern region where there is huge potential of land, labor and infrastructures.

    On the other hand human right environmental organizations and activists are highly critical to the ongoing flouriculture industry in Ethiopia for its long term persistent health impact of the pesticide on the young womens working on the sector and on the environment. Its already known the the majority of workers in these farms are young women. They further argue that the majority of the land allocated for the industry was given with out due consideration of its socioeconomic and environmental impact on the host environment resulting in huge damage both on the health of the people employed in the sector and those living around the area.

    Environmental activists further claim that many of the flower investors in Ethiopia came from Kenya after they are evicted from Kenya for their contribution of environmental degrading on the environment. According to them, the long term socioeconomic and environmental consequence of floriculture under greenhouse outweighs the economic benefit from the sector. However Ethiopian government gave a deaf ear to such allegations so far and continued distributing the land for foreign investors. Currently, over 120 companies are engaged in the cultivation of horticulture products in Ethiopia, majority of which is situated in fertile land of Oromia.
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