Esrael Asrat

State of the art farming:

FRI-El Ethiopia Farming and Processing Plc added line of new machines as part of the envisaged mechanization process. Among these machines include a cotton picker which is believed to improve the speed and quality of cotton-picking for the coming season.
For a farming company well known for its cotton production, the introduction of the first John deere 9976 cotton picker in Ethiopia is yet another milestone!
Such heavy investments in advanced machinery will help the sought after technology transfer in agriculture and processing of agricultural produce. The required education and training will be given to staff to reap the benefits of automation to the fullest.
Every step taken at FRI-El Ethiopia, from staff to machinery, every effort made from improved inputs to harvest system are all aligned with the company’s vision to bring the best farming and processing practice in Ethiopia.

New products, new process, new dimension:

Fri-el Ethiopia Farming and processing strives to revolutionize banana production in Ethiopia. This entails improved inputs, production processes, and machinery.
Our company has introduced cold containers used to transport quality agricultural produce long-range without losing freshness. High-class fruit loading crates carry our products at various retail outlets. The necessary training in seedling nurturing, planting, cultivation, and harvesting all add up to the value we are trying to deliver.
This is a continuation of our effort to change the dynamics of Ethiopian large-scale Farming. It is known that we have recently introduced the first John Deere 9976 cotton Pickers in the country and the necessary training given to staff.
The whole process will take us a step closer to our goals and is aligned with our core value; never compromise on quality!

Fight against COVID-19

Fri-El Ethiopia farming & processing plc has donated COVID-19 prevention goods for Dasenech Wereda to its fight against the pandemic. The donation aims to address the dire needs in in the highly vulnerable areas, providing basic necessities, including food, water, cleaning supplies, medicines, face masks, and personal hygiene items. Since Dasenech woreda is in a border area to Kenya, contamination from illegal migrants from neighboring countries makes the woreda vulnerable to the pandemic.

This act of support is not the first time for Fri-El Ethiopia and the company has provided medical materials to local residents and providing assistance to a student of the pastoralist society of Dasenech wereda who is studying midwifery in higher education institution. The company is acting according to its social corporate responsibility strategy to protect the local community and also its own employees.

The donation was made in the presence of STV, woreda administrative authorities and the management of Fri-El Ethiopia on May 4th 2020 at Dassenech Woreda Administration compound. Details of the donation is listed in the table below.

Item Description U.O.M Quantity             Remark
Water Tanker (5,000 Lt.) Pcs 2 For sanitation purpose
Amoxicillin Suspension Carton 10 To be used in case of infection
NS (Glucose) Bag 204
Disposable Face Mask Pcs 500 For prevention of the infection and sanitation purposes
Sanitizer Lt. 100
Hand wash Carton 12
Infrared Thermo Meter Pcs 3 For fever detection
Banners for COVID-19 Pcs 2 Aware creation purposes
Sticker for the tanker Pcs 2
Examination Glove Packets 20 Safety of health workers

Solar Power development

Fri-El Ethiopia Farming and processing plc is working to convert diesel-based power generation in Omorate farm almost entirely to solar power. This is aligned with the “green growth” initiative followed by the government of Ethiopia. Regarding to this, the first phase of the project has been completed with success and has started generating 320 KW of electricity for pump irrigation purpose. The second phase will soon be started and will generate additional electricity for the newly expanding farm irrigation pumps, ginning factory, workshops and residence quarter. By completion of this project the need for costly shipment of diesel to the farm will significantly reduce.

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Banana Plantation Project.

Fri-El Ethiopia farming & Processing plc, in its effort to expand its agricultural production, has started banana plantation development in line with the existing cotton plantation development at its Omorate farm. With a target to cover more than 1,000 hectares of its land has started with 200 hectares as first phase and has reached 47 hectares until the end of February 2020.

The project is designed with the aim of producing high quality best varieties that have demand in the European market. The European market being the main target, the produce will also be sold in the local market.

In line with the plantation development, the company is in a process to purchase refrigerated containers for transportation of produces to the European market. Packaging facility is also the other investment to be implemented within the following months.

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