Addis Ababa (HAN) June 24, 2014 – Ethiopian Somali and Oromo meat sectors: The largest Indian meat processor, frozen foods producer and exporter, Allana Group, has invested USD 20 million to establish a meat processing and exporting business in Ethiopian livestock zones, Somali national regional state and Oromo national regional States.
The Ethiopian Federal government has provided 75 hectares of land in Ziway town, in the Oromia Regional State, and the company intends to begin commercial production by September 2014.
The Indian investor, Aman R. Khan, head of the company, signed an agreement at the Ministry of Industry (MoI) with ETG Designers & Consultants Plc, a local private firm, for the establishment of a modern meat processing and exporting plant. During the ceremony, Khan asserted that the Indian-based Allana Group will strive to add value to the Ethiopian meat and the livestock sectors.
The Ambassador for India, Sanjay Verma, hopes the arrival of Allana will add more value to the Ethiopian economy, following on from the existing USD five billion investment by Indian companies.
Meanwhile: Ethiopia aims to earn $47.48 million from meat and animal exports to the Middle East countries, which will observe the start of the holy fasting month of Ramadan next week.
“The rising demand for meat during the month of Ramadan has been a business opportunity for us for a long time,” Kelifa Hussein, deputy head of the Ethiopian Trade Ministry’s Live Animals, Hides and Skins Department, told Anadolu Agency.
“We export both animals and meat to Somalia, Egypt, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and export meat to Turkey and Hong Kong,” he said.
According to Hussein, the Ethiopian revenues will exceed the planned $21 million.
“Ethiopia earned $176 million from export of live animals during the last eleven months,” he said.
Secretary-General of Ethiopian Association for Meat Producers and Exporters Abebaw Mekonnen said Ethiopia anticipates earning $26.48 million from export of 5405 tons of meat to different countries during Ramadan.
“Saudi Arabia and UAE are target markets for 90 percent of our products. We export the remaining 10 percent to Kuwait, Oman and Egypt,” Mekonnen told AA.
“The country earned $66.8 million from meat exports during the last 11 months. The revenue is estimated to increase to $70 million during the month of Ramadan,” he said.
Previously, the Ethiopian Airlines used to transport only 24 tons of meat per flight.
Now, Mekonnen said, there is a plan to increase the amount to 60 tons per flight.
Ethiopian Somali zone and Oromo zones has the largest livestock population in Africa with 53.8 million heads of cattle, 25.51 million sheep, 22.79 million goats, 2.17 million camels and 49.3 million poultry, according to the Central Statistical Agency of Ethiopia.
Photo: UK Foreign Office Minister Henry Bellingham arrives in Jijiga in the Somali region of Ethiopia
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