Ethiopia: Teff exports resume as ban lifted

| June 1, 2015

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The Ethiopian government plans to lift the ban on exporting teff.

Teff is an indigenous Ethiopian grain which is high in protein, calcium and iron, and is gluten-free and low in saturated fat. The renewed exports could meet the needs of health food companies around the world and the growing Ethiopian diaspora.

Though the Ethiopian government is lifting the ban, it will continue to tightly control exports. Only 48 farms in the country are licensed to produce teff for export.

The government will take steps to ensure that the grain is specially labelled to ensure that it can be traced back to the licensed commercial farms. Sileshi Getahun is the Ethiopian Minister of Agriculture. He says, “It has to be known that the teff exported originated from Ethiopia.”

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