ETHIO AGRI-CEFT PLC


Background

Ethio Agri-CEFT Plc was established in September, 1997 setting up a large coffee farm known as Gemadro Coffee  Plantation, and acquiring  from the Government the Gumaro Tea Plantation, the Wush-Wush Tea Plantation, the Tea Processing and Packing Factory, Ayehu Farm and Bir Farm.

Major Products of Ethio Agri-CEFT Plc include washed and sun-dried coffee, black made tea (loose, packed), green tea,  food crops (cereals, pulses, oil crops), medicinal and  biopesticides (eg. Endod),  herbal and aromatic plants, spices, honey and cut flowers.

Schemes Instituted

The Company has put together small farmers’ tea out-growers scheme from year 2004 around Gumaro and Wush Wush tea estates. When the tea plant is ready for plucking, the green leaves will be plucked and delivered to the respective tea estates at agreed prices.

Ethio Agri - CEFT  is  also engaged in large plantation of  Endod (Phytolacca dodecandra), which is traditionally used as a detergent and is found to be effective as a molluscicide, larvicide, fungicide and leechicide.  It is confirmed that it effectively controls leeches, which greatly affect the health of cattle and draught animals.

Endod is an organic, biodegradable  and  environmentally friendly product. Considering the economic advantage, Ethio  Agri-CEFT in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has developed and distributed a technology extension package for controlling leeches using Endod.

In addition, Ethio Agri – CEFT, based on trial outputs  is using Endod as a fungicide to control mildew on rose plants.

Management Standards Achieved

The Company was an Award Winner in the recognition of its excellent agricultural products, export performance of 2004/5 and 2005/2006 from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development as well as from Regional Administrations.

It uses the latest agricultural techniques in producing high quality products, which meets international standards in coffee, tea and cut flower production.

Ethio  Agri-CEFT  Plc produces and exports best quality Ethiopian highland coffee and tea. One of  its  export items, Gemadro Coffee,  has been certified by UTZ Kapeh and  Rainforest Alliances.   Furthermore, it has been verified  twice  by Starbucks for satisfying the CAFÉ  Practices standards.  Gemadro  coffee plantation and processing facility are designed so as to be environmental friendly.

Markets

The Company is the major producer of tea and cereals in the country. It also produces the best quality of highland coffee.  It exports coffee, tea and flowers.

The Company is highly competitive and has the lions share in supplying tea and cereals to the local market, satisfying a good portion of the prevailing local demand. In addition to this, it plays a big role in stabilizing the local cereals market and modestly contributes in alleviating food shortage problems.

Competitiveness
Ethiopia was not known for its tea product, but after the estates were acquired by Ethio Agri-CEFT, a lot has been made in diversifying the brands and in popularizing Ethiopian tea.  Now a days  it  is becoming known in the international markets as a good quality tea. Ethio Agri-CEFT is the major producer as well as distributor of local tea.

 

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