Opportunities in the seed sector in Ethiopia

Opportunities in the seed sector in Ethiopia

Opportunities in the seed sector in Ethiopia

The Ethiopian seed industry

The importance of the Ethiopian seed sector to its economy has yielded immense opportunities for various businessmen all over the globe.

Vast hectares are dedicated to five important crops in the nation: hot pepper, onions, cabbages (including kale), tomatoes and carrots.  

Despite the increasing value of Ethiopian crops, its seed sector relies heavily on imported seeds from different nations. This presents numerous opportunities for international businesses to enter and expand in this agricultural field.

Seed production, breeding and sales in Ethiopia

The environmental conditions of Ethiopia prove to be best in producing and cultivating vegetables and other crops. The climate of the country is ideal for protected cultivation and honed pollination.

Although there are a few setbacks present in building potential business relations with the country, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.

Before starting your seed breeding activities on Ethiopian soils, you must pass their standards and be aware of the problems you’ll encounter along the way.

Key points governing Ethiopia’s seed sector:

  • Due to the agro-ecological conditions, the Ethiopian soils are good testing grounds for a seed’s adaptability. Different night temperatures, disease pressures, and sea-level heat are among the few to look-out for before finalizing plans and projects in Ethiopia’s seed agriculture.
  • Ethiopia’s operational system on Plant Variety Protection is still in the process of development, which will increase the expenses of foreign investors in terms of seed protection and seed authentication in Ethiopia.
  • Ethiopia’s seed breeders are known all over the globe, which gives them the edge in seed farming. This will make it difficult for foreign seed breeders to penetrate the market.
  • The country is a biodiversity hotspot for mustard and barley. They have a large collection of germplasm compared to other countries in the continent.

Prepare to enter agriculture sector in Ethiopia

Undergoing for an effective marketing research requires careful analysis from studies on the expenses incurred for launching a business in Ethiopia’s seed sector. Transporting the crops can be a substantial cost. However, the country also boasts of their light intensity, low humidity and large climatic zones that can provide water for an entire year.   

The demand for crops in the Ethiopia is high, so profits are assured. But locations, appropriate partners, and other aspects need to be considered when establishing a seed production and breeding business in Ethiopia.

This entry in Africa & ME was updated on August 4, 2017 by specialist.