Ethiopian horticultural trade fair enjoys successful 2013 edition

Hortiflora Expo EthiopiaThis year's HortiFlora Expo Ethiopia attracted buyers from as far as Russia and the USA. (Image source: www.hppexhibitions.com)Buyers from as far as Russia, the Middle East, Europe and the USA were in attendance at the fifth edition of the recently held HortiFlora Expo Ethiopia

According to the event's organisers, HPP Exhibitions and the Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association, the show concluded with "satisfactory results for most exhibitors".

More than 100 companies exhibited at the trade fair, which took place from 20-22 March 2013 at Addis Ababa's Millennium Hall, while more than 1,200 visitors walked the aisles during the three-day event.

The majority of visitors at this year's edition of the show, which was opened by the Ethiopian minister of trade, were directly related to the floriculture industry. The organisers, however, noted a growing number of visitors linked to the vegetable and fruit industry this year.

Dutch firm DLV Plant organised daily seminars at the event, while a host of in-show competitions were vied for by exhibitors and contributors at the trade show.

Among the platinum winners at the event were De Ruiter Innovations from Holland, who were awarded the top prize for 'Best Stand Design', while platinum in the 'Best Breeder Quality Competition' was shared between France's Meilland International and international company Red Elegance. The prize for platinum in the 'Best Grower Quality Competition' went to Langano Lily Flowers from Ethiopia.

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