Monday, October 5, 2015

Ministry of Agriculture to Re-Establish Coffee & Tea Authority

The Ministry of Agriculture(MoA) is collecting comments on a draft regulation to re-establish an authority for coffee and tea development years after a similar body was discarded as irrelevant.
The new body, to be called Coffee & Tea Development & Trade Authority, will not be any different from the now defunct Coffee & Tea Authority, which was abandoned by the government seven years ago, said Fikru Amene, coffee development director at MoA.
The Authority was abandoned with the introduction of the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange. The re-establishment of the Authority came at the request of the Prime Minister at the end of April, 2015. Subsequent to the request, the Ministry finalised the draft regulation based on an assessment of the sector, which was carried out with the collaboration of the Ministry of Trade (MoT) and the Ethiopian Institute of Agriculture Research (EIAR) in 2013.
Currently, MoA is responsible for the development of coffee and tea, while MoT controls and regulates the trade facet.
Government’s assumption and ambition to promote the products through these separate entities has not been satisfactory, admitted Fikru. Though the country’s coffee product is said to have the highest quality, the benefits from it have not been equivalent, he added.
Three weeks ago, MoA shared the draft regulation with sectoral associations, including Coffee Exporters & Ethiopian Coffee Roasters Association. Among the suggestions it received included that of forming a separate ministry for coffee and tea, instead of just an entity under the MoA.
The major reason for the establishment of the separate entity was to give due focus to the sector and to create a harmonised policy execution, and service provision starting from the production of the goods to the transactions within a single body, reveals Fikru.
In relation to production development, the draft states that the Authority will have the responsibility to provide an extension support programme at the regional level and also to promote coffee and tea within the country and in the international market. It will also have a mandate to control and regulate the market ranging from issuing and revoking trading licences of coffee suppliers as well as tea distributors. to carrying out quality inspection, all in accordance with the Coffee Market Control & Regulation Proclamation No. 602/2008.
The Authority is supposed to have a director that will be appointed by the government and an advisory board. It will be responsible to MoA, which will also shoulder the work of drafting policies, rules and regulations and enforcing them as well, according to the draft.
Its base will be in Addis Abeba with additional branch offices in regional states, having a budget allocated by the federal government.
An expert at MoT complained that the Bill missed including research in the area.

Ethiopia Beats Coffee Export Target with Higher Than Planned Revenue

The half fiscal year of 2014/15 saw a success in terms of achievement in the export of coffee although it leaves uncertainty in the future of the coffee market.

The country’s plan for the first six months of the budget year was to export 73,593.5tn of coffee and gain an income of 269 million dollars. The actual export was 73,227.9tn, from which a higher than targeted revenue of 307.5 million dollars was gained.

“The gain from the export exceeds the plan because the international coffee price was better in the export period,” said Getahun Bikora, coffee marketing director at the Ministry of Trade (MoT).

This year’s plan of the Ministry is to export 235,950tn of coffee to gain 862.5 million dollars.

“The new coffee is yet to come to the market and it will increase the volume of the coffee that we export,” said Getahun.

At the beginning of the fiscal year 2014/15, Ethiopia, which supplies less than five percent of the world’s coffee, was said to benefit from the plague on the Brazilian coffee. The production of Brazil’s coffee was said to decrease significantly although it only decreased by five percent.

“We did not benefit from the coffee market as we expected when we heard of the Brazilian coffee issue although we have achieved our target,” Getahun said.

The performance of the coffee that is exported according to the plan is 99.5pc and the income performance shows a performance of 114.3pc. The seventh month export of coffee was planned to be 90,483tn while 79,365tn of coffee was exported, showing 88pc performance. The gain from the seventh month export was planned to be 330 million dollars while the amount gained was 339.4 million dollars, which is 102pc of the planned performance.

In the three weeks of the eighth month, 9,120tn was exported, bringing in an income of 42 million dollars.

Ethiopia expects to produce 461,620tns of coffee this year, of which it expects to export 239,950tns for 862.55 million dollars, showing an increase of 23.6pc in volume and 20pc in revenue from the previous year.

In 2013/14, the country planned to export up to 277,500tn but has done only 190,876tn with the planned revenue falling down from the planned one billion dollars to only 717 million dollars.

The international price of coffee has been declining since mid January. The international market price of coffee on February 3, 2015, per pound was 163.6 American cents and it dramatically fell down to 137.6 American cents per pound on March 3, 2015.

“The major thing we should do is to make the price of the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX) line up with that of the international market and craft a subsidizing policy to increase the amount of export,” said Getahun.

The international coffee price is yet expected to fall well up to 120 American cents a pound, which the Ministry sees as a future challenge in the coffee market as the international coffee market does not depend on fundamental issues of demand and supply but rather on the technical issues that govern the market. These issues could be political or such.

Ethiopia stands fifth in the world with a production of 379,500tn a year, having the world’s supply share of 4.5pc in 2012/13. Out of this, the amount Ethiopia exported was 3,134 bags, which amounts to 47.5pc (180,262tn) of the total production.

The other top producers of the world are Brazil with 34.46pc share of the total coffee with three million tones of production. Next comes Indonesia with 8.75pc share having 0.76 million tonnes, followed by Vietnam and Columbia having the world’s share of 7.99 and 7.17pc with 0.69 million tonnes and 0.62 million ton as the International Coffee Organization (ICO) data indicates.

The Ethiopian coffee lacks competitive advantage in the market as it has many constraints in the marketing and producing process as experts in the sector state. Lack of traceability, quality of production and its being challenged by illegal trade are said to affect the country’s benefit from the sector.

Monday, August 17, 2015

List of Coffee Exporters in Ethiopia

The following is a list of Coffee Exporter companies in Ethiopia. These companies export coffee beans and roasted coffee.

  • Tukia Coffee - Tukia coffee is a brand by SWTA Trading, an Ethiopian coffee export company which supplies premium Ethiopian coffee all over the world. 
  • Addis Exporters Ltd.
  • Adem Bedane Oda
  • Aleltu International P.L.C
  • Alem International
  • Alemtsehay Beyene Coffee Exporter
  • Alfoz P.L.C
  • Ambassel Trading House
  • Ambessa Trading Enterprise
  • Atita P.L.C
  • Awda P.L.C
  • Bahumed Trading
  • Baminif Trading P.L.C
  • Bashanfer Trading P.L.C
  • Bashawie Trading
  • Belete Shibeshi Coffee Exporter Ent.
  • Cabey P.L.C.
  • Camels Trading
  • Ethiopian Coffee Export Enterprise
  • Ethiopian Commodities P.L.C
  • Geta Trading
  • Ghion Industrial & Commercial P.L.C
  • Gift Trading P.L.C
  • Guna Coffee Export S.C
  • HAICOF Limited
  • Hiruy Assefa Foreign Trade Auxiliary
  • Hussen Agraw
  • Ibero and Jos Hanson
  • J.Cafe Trading
  • Jemal Abdulkadir
  • KAJO Import/Export Enterprise
  • KANA Import & Export Enterprise
  • Kemal Abdella Coffee Exporters
  • Legesse Sherefa P.L.C.
  • Makfam P.L.C
  • Mamo Kacha P.L.C.
  • Markos P.L.C
  • Mina Trading
  • Mullege P.L.C
  • Mulugeta Afework
  • Muluneh Kaka
  • Nejat International P. L. C.
  • Netsa P.L.C
  • Nile International Trading P.L.C
  • Nuri Kemal Coffee Exporter
  • Omer Mustefa Coffee Exporter
  • Oromia Coffee Farmers Co-operative Union
  • Paul Ries and Sons Ltd.
  • S.A. Bageresh
  • Sadula Trading P.L.C
  • Said Jemal Rahmato Coffee Export Enterprise
  • Samuel Mulugeta
  • Seid Yassin Ali Coffee Export Ent.
  • Semachew Kebede Kaisa
  • Sitcof
  • Wondo Trading P.L.C
  • Yirga Trading P.L.C.
For a more detailed list of coffee exporters in ethiopia with contact address and location, please check out the links below.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Roasted Coffee

Coffee… That amazing drink we have been enjoying for centuries! It gives us special moments while playing significant roles in daily lives of many. But have we ever asked ourselves where the coffee that we daily consume actually comes from and the journey it takes to reach our cup?
Tukia coffee is also set up as an initiative to raise awareness about coffee among people.  Beside its taste and aroma, the freshness of coffee, knowing its origin and the path that one needs to take, from being cultivated to our cup, also matters!
The idea of Tukia coffee is based on a social concept trying to tackle the long coffee chain and its unfair global margin distribution. Raising awareness about ethically traded coffee is one of our missions. Your cup of coffee can make a global change!
Ethiopian population is estimated to be 90+ million from which coffee sustains the livelihood of 15 million people. Coffee is vital to the culture and socioeconomic life of the people. The Ethiopian economy is highly dependent on coffee as it contributes more than 25% of the country’s foreign exchange earnings. The best quality green coffee bean from Ethiopia is usually exported on a bestselling day for not more than 6 dollars per 1 kilo( 2.2 pounds). 1 kilo of coffee can produce as much as 90+ cups. This amount is distributed between all parties that are involved in the coffee industry; starting from farmers who grow coffee, to processors that wash and remove the skin of the coffee cherry, to transporters that bring the coffee from Ethiopian coffee growing regions to the capital of Addis Ababa, and exporters who pack and export coffee in containers from Djibouti Port to many destinations all over the world. Our research suggests that once the green coffee bean reaches its destination and finally to roasters, the coffee is sold in a range between 21 – 45 US dollars depending on the market region. We believe this distribution is unfair for the country that produces the coffee, thus we are working toward a goal where a fair distribution to all involved; all over the world can be achieved.
Tukia coffee is not only grown and cultivated in coffee’s birth place, but also roasted and packed in Ethiopia. While drinking Tukia coffee, you can enjoy the authentic taste of coffee and be part of the African story that promotes products that are fully made in Africa.

About Roasting
The freshness of coffee is one of the most important things that contribute to an excellent cup of coffee. There are many factors that contribute to coffee quality. One of them is roasting, which is a key to the final taste of coffee. Roasting of green coffee beans must be done properly since it is a crucial factor that affects the final outcome of the coffee flavor and aroma.
By roasting in small batches, we ensure high quality products. We do not store the roasted coffee; we only produce custom coffee tailored exactly as per your preference. The roasting time and the temperature of the process determine the coffee flavor, acidity, aroma and color. You can choose your Tukia coffee to be roasted as the following:
  • Blonde Roast
  • Medium Roast
  • Medium Dark Roast
  • Dark Roast
Tukia coffee is packed right after it is roasted in an environment friendly stand up pouch with a re-sealable zipper and one way degassing valve. The valve helps to omit the CO2 from the coffee so that it will not burn itself.
We deliver fresh roasted coffee directly to your destination from Addis Ababa; making the long coffee path shorter and ensuring its freshness till your door step.
Feel free to contact us for further detail and we will be pleased to assist you.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Statistics for 40/60 Condominium Apartments in Addis Ababa Ethiopia.

[Update - September 03, 2015] - 40/60 Condominium Locations, Number of Houses, Number of Blocks and Current Status

Ato Bizuneh Kinde, Director of Addis Ababa City Administration Saving Houses Development Enterprise (AASHDE) gave a statement on April 24th, 2015 about the 40/60 Condominium Apartment Construction in Addis Ababa. Here are some of the facts we know
  • 20,973 people have paid 40% or more
  • 1,992 40/60 condominium units will be transferred to home owners this year sometime around July (2007 Ethiopian Calendar)
  • Priority will be given to people who have paid full amount during the registration
  • Whether or not government employees will be given priority, compared to private employees is still under discussion
  • The condominium units to be transferred to home owners are located in Senga tera and Crown hotel (Kality) sites.
  • Crown hotel site has 882 houses in 14 blocks.
  • Senga tera sites have 5 blocks and 340 houses.
  • Only finishing work is remaining for the Senga tera and Crown hotel 40/60 condominium apartments

Friday, April 3, 2015

Prices & Location of Diaspora Housing in Ethiopia

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Model registration procedures are sent from the Ministry’s Diaspora Directorate to all the regions, which the regions adopt based on their region’s area, land lease price, standards of urban areas where construction will take palce and construction cost, explained Fiesel. Almost all regional states have completed their directives, except Harari, Benishangul Gumuz and Afar, said Fiesel.
In Addis Abeba only, apartment houses are planned to be built, according to Addis Abeba’s Diaspora Housing Development Directive. The apartments can be a G+4 or above but if the construction is taking place in the central zone of the city only a G+12 and above apartment building are allowed, according to Tesfa Bisrat, head of Diaspora Coordinating Desk with the rank of assistant advisor to the mayor. The apartments will be built in group that contains either 12 or 24 members and 50sqm of land is allocated for each member for the house, stated Tesfa.
The Tigray regional state completed and approved its diaspora housing directives in June 2014, according to Atakilt Gebreyhiwot, Tigray Urban Development, Trade and Industry Bureau director. We have outlined an initial directive on how to proceed with the housing program but the directives can be improvised based on the interests of the house buyers as well as important guidelines we would like to include in the directive, stated Atakilt.
Tigray has planned to include apartment housing with two floors or above in all parts of the region, he said. The houses can be two, three or four bedrooms houses, according to the directives. The two-bedrooms house will rest on 60sqm-80sqm with the price tag of 424,390Br. The three-bedroom house will cost 573,500Br and rests on 80sqm-100sqm. The four-bedroom house will rest on 100sqm-136sqm with the cost of 779,960Br.
Another region, which has already completed its diaspora housing directives, is the Oromia region. The region has included in its directives an apartment as well as town housing program, according to Bayissa Hirko, Oromia Industry and Urban Development Bureau, senior expert of housing transfer and administration. The apartment will be G+4 or above, having two, three or four bedroom houses, he added. The two-bedroom house will rest on 80sqm land and costs 400,000Br, where as the three-bedroom will cost 550,000Br and rests on 100sqm land; the four bedrooms will be built on 110sqm land and will cost 700,000Br. The town houses will have a G+1 and G+2 format and will be built on 120sqm and will cost 500,000Br and 800,000Br respectively, explained Bayissa.
The Southern Nations, Nationalities & Peoples’ Region (SNNPR) has categorized its urban areas in different levels, with Hawassa as a leading city. The rest are categorized as high-level, mid-level, town and developing towns, according to Aschalew Kassaye, SNNPR Industry and Urban Development Bureau, housing development and administration. The distinction was made based on population number, area, economy and service provision of the towns, explained Aschalew.
An apartment and a town house are to be built in the region, according to the directive. Only G+4 and above apartment houses will be built in Hawassa with two, three or four bedrooms which rest on 50sqm, 65sqm, and 80sqm respectively while a G+3 apartment will be built in high-level towns. The apartment houses can be two, three and four bedrooms, which will rest on 55sqm, 70sqm and 85sqm of land, respectively. Only G+1 and G+2 town houses can be built in mid-level towns that have two, three or four bedrooms and built on 60sqm, 75sqm, and 90sqm, accordingly. For the developing towns only the construction of a single storey town house construction is allowed, stated Aschalew. It will have two, three or four bedrooms, which rest on 65sqm, 80sqm and 90sqm of land respectively. But cost decisions will not be finalized until January 9, 2015, he added.
Dire Dewa has only planned the construction of G+2 and G+3 town houses, according to Sebsibe Mekonnen, the city’s diaspora affairs coordinator. The houses will have two, three and four bedrooms, which rest on 128sqm, 160sqmand 200sqm, respectively, with 582,400Br, 728,000Br, and 910,000Br cost.
The payment will be made in hard currency, 50pc upon registration and the rest when construction begins, according to Feisel. An Ethiopian diaspora who has never owned a house by his name or through his relatives can register for the program. It is possible to register collectively forming 12-24 members, stated Fiesel. The home buyers can come up with their own design but as for hiring a contractor of their choice, some regions directive compel them to hire only government contractor.
The directives are a work-in-progress, which could be modified based on the discussion, stated Sebsibe. We are trying to come up with standardized and similar directives and most of the directives reflect this, stated Fiesel. The directives, which are collected from the regional diaspora offices, have been distributed to Ethiopian embassies. When all the regions complete the preparation, then we can proceed to the registration phase as we are now completing the work plan schedule, added Feisel.

Friday, March 27, 2015

List of Names for 10/90 and 20/80 Condominium Apartment Winners Addis Ababa Ethiopia

UPDATE [APRIL 28, 2015] - 40/60 Condominium - New Information about total number of people who have registered, total number of people who paid the full amount has been released. Check out the link below.
40/60 Condominium Statistics
The Addis Ababa City Administration Housing Administration and Development Agency has handed over 35,000 condominiums to beneficiaries on Sunday March 22. The ceremony was held at the Addis Ababa Theater and Cultural Hall in the presence of Minister for Urban Development, Housing and Construction, Mekuria Haile and Mayor of Addis Ababa Driba Kuma. The condominiums are located at Basha Wolde, Yeka Abado, Tulu Dimtu, Lideta Meliso Malmat and Genet Menefesha.

Addis Ababa Saving Houses Development Enterprise announced that it will hand over 1, 292 houses built under the 40/60 scheme to registered city dwellers this Ethiopian fiscal year, some time around July 07, 2015.

Recalling the construction of 13,000 condos launched this Ethiopian budget year, the general manager said 30,000 houses are currently being built in the capital. Alongside reducing shortage of houses in the city, the 40/60 housing development project has raised the culture of saving, it was learned.

You can download the list of names in PDF format by following the links below.

List of names for 10/90 condominium apartment winners.

List of names for 20/80 condominium apartment winners.