Waste water treatment brings relief for horticultural farms

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The Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association (EHPEA) has said that used water treatment in horticultural farms has brought a relief as farms are reducing their water consumption and environmental protection is guaranteed.

Adding to environmental protection, recycling water by the farms is helping in improving public health.

Thomas Teklesilassie, Waste Management Manager at the EHPEA told Origins Business, “Besides the health issue, companies are saving at least 42 percent of their water consumption.”

EHPEA consisted of 80 horticultural farms, and 31 of them are implementing used water treatment scheme, according to Thomas. Other ten companies are under construction of treatment plants inside their farms.

Farms have so far invested close to 3 million Birr for construction of treatment plants.

EHPEA hosted a meeting focused on used water treatment on Thursday last week at Capital Hotel. Companies presented their successes in recycling water during the discussion.

After the meeting, there was a field visit to farms in Meqi and Qoqa areas. Accordingly, journalists and agricultural experts paid a visit to Florensis Abyssinia and Dümmen Orange horticultural farms on Thursday and Friday, respectively.

Used water treatment technology in both companies is making employees and the surrounding community beneficiaries.

Business Origin learned that the technology is among a mechanism to leverage the social corporate responsibility by the horticulture farms.  Companies also constructed schools and other facilities to the nearby communities.

Despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, Ethiopia garnered $531 million in 2020/2021 fiscal year.  Ethiopian Airlines Group commitment to transport the export items unceasingly was the success factor, according officials of the Association.

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