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ETHIOPIAN MILITANTS ATTACK, DESTROY DUTCH FLOWER FARMS

Flower farm (Photo: Douglas Perkins/Wikimedia Commons)
Flower farm (Photo: Douglas Perkins/Wikimedia Commons)

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Flower farm (Photo: Douglas Perkins/Wikimedia Commons)[/caption]
A flower farm in Ethiopia owned by Aalsmeer company Esmeralda Farms BV was attacked by rebels earlier this week. According to a statement on the company’s website, the rebels set the farm on fire and caused an enormous amount of damage.

“By a political demonstration, the entire company of Esmeralda Farms in Ethiopia was set on fire”, the owner writes. The damage is estimated at 10 million euros.

According to the statement, the situation at the farm in Ethiopia is still very unclear. The manager fled the rebels and contact with their office in the African country is difficult. “I understand that now ten companies, mostly horticulture, have been affected by the actions of groups that oppose the government.”

The statement continues that there were soldiers on the farm when the attack happened, but they fled the very large group of rebels.

According to RTV Noord-Holland, about 30 to 40 percent of Esmeralda Farms BV’s flowers come from Ethiopia. There were three shipments of flowers from the African country to Aalsmeer per week. From there the flowers went to sops across Europe.

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Royal FloraHolland – the world’s largest international trade platform for flowers and plants – is looking into how its members can be supported and what the consequences will be for flowers from Ethiopia, the broadcaster reports.

Tensions have been brewing between the Ethiopian government and the population around Bahir Dar for some time. But this is the first time flower farms were targeted at this scale, according to RTV Noord Holland.

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  1. Protests , wars and so on can happen anywhere in this world. Investors are quiet aware of the risks they are taking when they first evaluate the market. What makes this incident so unusual is the Ethiopian Insurance companies that insured this firms for total coverage are unwilling to pay the investors .All insurance companies that insured are not even willing to accept the claims which is a major violation of international laws which the insurance companies are required to abide by if they want to stay in business .Even if they close the insurance companies and declare bankruptcies we can sue the Ethiopian government itself to pay us for the damage.The Ethiopian government is known for selling the same lands or properties again and again to so many investors ,and this protestors could have been easily stoped but the government let them continue because they figured when we go they can sell it to the next victim investor allover again then someway they chase that investor out sell it to another investor that’s the Ethiopian government way of business the locals know it very well and we foreign investors are really aware of it now. .

  2. What does the Dutch flower company expects to happen while it is well aware about the land of the locals robbed from the farmers by the “Government” military force without the will of the people and no compensation what so ever. There is no excuse to imperialism and it is exactly the right decision taken by the locals. The Western Imperial Governments are supporting repressive regimes corrupted in all forms to benefit the interest of western interest by evicting farmers from their land by force without compensation. That is what happened in #Ethiopia and the Dutch flower company is not the only company that is involved in land grab of farmers in Ethiopia. There are Saudi and Indian base farm companies growing food and exports other parts of the world with no benefit to the locals. The lands these companies dancing on is robbed from the farmers by force with no compensation. What do you expects to happen? Just simply accept imperialism just because the regime in Ethiopia is militarized with the help of western Government indirectly protecting the interests of such blood sucking companies. The “Government” in Ethiopia never been elected by the people. It is in power with iron fist by oppressing the people of Ethiopia and these companies should not have any business relation with a corrupted regime knowing the facts in the ground.

  3. What does the Dutch flower company expects to happen while it is well aware about the land of the locals robbed from the farmers by the “Government” military force without the will of the people and no compensation what so ever. There is no excuse to imperialism and it is exactly the right decision taken by the locals. The Western Imperial Governments are supporting repressive regimes corrupted in all forms to benefit the interest of western Companies by evicting farmers from their land by force without compensation. That is what happened in #Ethiopia and the Dutch flower company is not the only company that is involved in land grab of farmers in Ethiopia. There are Saudi and Indian base farm companies growing food and exports other parts of the world with no benefit to the locals. The lands these companies dancing on is robbed from the farmers by force with no compensation. What do you expects to happen? Just simply accept imperialism just because the regime in Ethiopia is militarized with the help of western Government indirectly protecting the interests of such blood sucking companies. The “Government” in Ethiopia never been elected by the people. It is in power with iron fist by oppressing the people of Ethiopia and these companies should not have any business relation with a corrupted regime knowing the facts in the ground.

  4. What does the Dutch flower company expects to happen while it is well aware about the land of the locals robbed from the farmers by the “Government” military force without the will of the people and no compensation what so ever. There is no excuse to imperialism and it is exactly the right decision taken by the locals. The Western Imperial Governments are supporting repressive regimes corrupted in all forms to benefit the interest of western Companies by evicting farmers from their land by force without compensation. That is what happened in #Ethiopia and the Dutch flower company is not the only company that is involved in land grab of farmers in Ethiopia. There are Saudi and Indian base farming companies growing food and exports to other parts of the world with no benefit to the locals. These companies are dancing on a land robbed from the farmers by force with no compensation. What do you expects to happen? Just simply accept imperialism just because the regime in Ethiopia is militarized with the help of western Government indirectly protecting the interests of such blood sucking companies. The “Government” in Ethiopia never been elected by the people. It is in power with iron fist by oppressing the people of Ethiopia and these companies should not have any business relation with a corrupted regime knowing the facts in the ground.

  5. According to European Union recent a cement of Ethiopia; Ethiopia receives more aid than any other African country – close to $3bn per year, or about half the national government budget.

    For decades the government have been authorizing big development projects to foreign investors, which have been leading to severe land grabbing and millions vulnerable people often forcibly evicted and insensitively resettling; whereas often the government does not offer the local communities any alternative to permanent settlement and had not fully consulted groups before evicting them.

    Some donors, including UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the World Bank, rechanneled funding from the problematic Protection of Basic Services (PBS) program in 2015 which was associated with the abusive “villagization program,” a government effort to relocate 1.5 million rural people into permanent villages, ostensibly to improve their access to basic services; whereas some of the relocations in the first year of the program in Gambella region in 2011 were accompanied by violence, including beatings and arbitrary arrests, and insufficient consultation and compensation.

  6. According to European Union recent assessment of Ethiopia;

    Ethiopia receives more aid than any other African country – close to $3bn per year, or about half the national government budget.

    For decades the government have been authorizing big development projects to foreign investors, which have been leading to severe land grabbing and millions vulnerable people often forcibly evicted and insensitively resettling; whereas often the government does not offer the local communities any alternative to permanent settlement and had not fully consulted groups before evicting them.

    Some donors, including UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the World Bank, rechanneled funding from the problematic Protection of Basic Services (PBS) program in 2015 which was associated with the abusive “villagization program,” a government effort to relocate 1.5 million rural people into permanent villages, ostensibly to improve their access to basic services; whereas some of the relocations in the first year of the program in Gambella region in 2011 were accompanied by violence, including beatings and arbitrary arrests, and insufficient consultation and compensation.

  7. What does the Dutch flower company expects to happen while it is well aware about the land of the locals robbed from the farmers by the “Government” military force without the will of the people and no compensation what so ever. There is no excuse to imperialism and it is exactly the right decision taken by the locals. Western Governments are supporting repressive regimes and corrupted in all forms to benefit the interest of western companies by evicting farmers from their land with force without compensation. That is what happened in #Ethiopia and the Dutch flower company is not the only company that is involved in land grab of farmers in Ethiopia. There are Saudi Arabian, Indian, and other western base farming companies growing food and exports to other parts of the world with no benefit to the locals. These companies are dancing on a land robbed from the farmers by force with no compensation. What do you expects to happen? Just simply accept imperialism just because the regime in Ethiopia is militarized with the help of western Governments indirectly protecting the interests of such blood sucking companies. The “Government” in Ethiopia never been elected by the people. It is in power for the past 25 years with the power of iron fist by oppressing the people of Ethiopia. Therefore, these companies should not have any business relation with a corrupted regime knowing the facts in the ground.

    According to European Union recent assessment of Ethiopia, they stated the following below which supports my claim beside other visible public evidences in the ground;

    Ethiopia receives more aid than any other African country – close to $3bn per year, or about half the national government budget.

    For decades the government have been authorizing big development projects to foreign investors, which have been leading to severe land grabbing and millions vulnerable people often forcibly evicted and insensitively resettling; whereas often the government does not offer the local communities any alternative to permanent settlement and had not fully consulted groups before evicting them.

    Some donors, including UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the World Bank, rechanneled funding from the problematic Protection of Basic Services (PBS) program in 2015 which was associated with the abusive “villagization program,” a government effort to relocate 1.5 million rural people into permanent villages, ostensibly to improve their access to basic services; whereas some of the relocations in the first year of the program in Gambella region in 2011 were accompanied by violence, including beatings and arbitrary arrests, and insufficient consultation and compensation.

  8. Please do not blaneed the west. It could be true that farmers were not compensated properly and burocrats enriched themselves through backdoor land deals.
    A civilized world is a connected world. We know international business and investment is normal and Ethiopia needs foreign investment.
    Some people think as if they are living in a bush. Please people grow up. Do not condemn West and foreign investors. Else you live in a bush and ride donkeys.

  9. Please do not blaneed the west. It could be true that farmers were not compensated properly and burocrats enriched themselves through backdoor land deals.
    A civilized world is a connected world. We know international business and investment is normal and Ethiopia needs foreign investment.
    Some people think as if they are living in a bush. Please people grow up. Do not condemn West and foreign investors. Else you live in a bush and ride donkeys.

  10. We live in a connected world. Please understand that capitalism is normal way of development and stop blaming the west. You sound like Mengistu Hailemariam.
    Some government officials could be responsible why farmers were not compensated properly and resettlement is not done according to the officiAL government standards and rules.
    If you blame foreign investors, it means you don’t want modern way of living and should live in a bush like monkey.
    Please all people writing comoments, do not forget we live in 21 century.

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