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Cotton production sector: worth Government support

Cotton lint is the most important vegetable fiber in the world to day and is woven into fabrics, either alone or combined with other fibers. The invention of the saw gin and the development of the factory system, together with the ease of production and adaptability to machine manufacture, caused a rapid expansion in the use of cotton. In our country case Demand for cotton is growing. it is also a potential way for increasing income from export, even though this sector get lower attention by the government compared to it’s impact on the economy. Numerically saying it is equivalent to, by the end of the current fiscal year, demand is expected to grow to 120,000 tons. Yet, Ethiopia’s cotton production capacity is approximately 50,000 tons of lint cotton – but the prospects of growing its capacity are promising since it only exploits less than three percent of potential to grow cotton. This implies that the government should work on supporting and facilitating the existing companies for the country good.

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beyond the cotton lint itself  The seeds yield a semi – drying edible oil which is used in large substitutes, as salad and cooking oil, and in margarine manufacturing. Low – grade oil is used in the manufacture of soap, lubricants, sulphonated oils and protective coatings.

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How agricultural investment helps Ethiopia?

There is a need of sustainable agriculture in Ethiopia because the sustainability of agriculture affects other needs such as food security and water. Ethiopia has promoted agricultural investment for over two decades now the government has showed a commitment towards enhancing agricultural productivity through attracting investment on agriculture on both local and foreign stockholders.
Agricultural sector can help Ethiopia and Ethiopians both in economic and environmental aspects. It has already made a significant contribution to the economic prosperity of our country in such a way that:-

Agriculture provides employment

Agricultural sector can decrease unemployment rate of the country by providing employment for a vast army of educated/uneducated and skilled/unskilled labours.

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Agriculture contributes to National Income

Since we all know shortage of foreign currency is headache for our country, Agricultural sector can contribute on generating foreign currencies from export row materials. The perfect example for this is our company Fri-el Ethiopia which is engaged in cotton farming and processing to help the country from costing extra foreign currencies for importing cotton.

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Beyond economic impact, agricultural investment is ideal choice for environmental protection. Some of them are:-

Agriculture creates Habitats

Agricultural system that works in peace with nature creates diverse natural habitats.

Some species even increase in number due to agricultural activities.

Agriculture boosts soil fertility

Agriculture is one of the best way to increase soil fertility practices such as crop rotation, application of compost and cover cropping can improve soil fertility naturally.

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Agriculture retains soil and preserve erosion

Loses of soil is one of the biggest threat of our well-being. Agricultural investment, however, has the ability to preserve this damage.

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Food Security Support

The initiative undertaken by FriEL Ethiopia Farming and Processing PLC in September 2018 reflects a commendable commitment to promoting food security at the district level. The company has taken concrete actions by planting maize crops spanning an extensive 51 hectares of land within its own command area. This strategic move not only contributes to local agricultural productivity but also addresses the crucial issue of food availability and accessibility in the region.

One notable aspect of this endeavor is the comprehensive support provided by FriEL Ethiopia Farming and Processing PLC throughout the entire agricultural process. The company covers the entire cost of production, encompassing expenses from the initial stages of planting to the final phase of harvesting. This financial investment by the company demonstrates a strong dedication to the success of the agricultural venture and ensures that economic barriers do not hinder the realization of the project’s objectives.

Moreover, the post-harvest distribution of the maize crop to the local community surrounding the Omorate farm underscores a commitment to community welfare. By sharing the harvest with the nearby residents, FriEL Ethiopia Farming and Processing PLC directly addresses local food needs. This approach aligns with the broader goals of enhancing food security, as the community gains access to a staple crop without incurring costs.

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