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February 21, 2012

Ethiopia resumes banana exports to Saudi Arabia after 50 years

After a 50 year suspension for undisclosed reasons, Ethiopia has resumed banana exports to Saudi Arabia.

Exports initially targeted at 200 tonnes a week began with a shipment from Gamo Gofa, a banana growing region of southern Ethiopia.

The Africa Report said the Ethiopian Horticulture Development Agency announced that 3100 hectares of land is to be devoted to the growing of bananas.

Ethiopia is said to have 11,400 banana farmers.

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