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International Journal of Plant Breeding and Crop Science

Trends in production and export of Gesho/Rhamnus prinoids in Ethiopia

Eyob Bezabeh

Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research, Ethiopia.

Email: eyob.bezabeh@eiar.gov.et

Accepted 12 April, 2017.

Citation: Bezabeh E (2017). Trends in production and export of Gesho/Rhamnus prinoids in Ethiopia. International Journal of Plant Breeding and Crop Science, 4(2): 243-250.

Copyright: © 2017 Bezabeh E. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are cited.


Rhamnus prinoids is a multipurpose crop as its all parts harvested and utilized. The study was conducted to analyze the trend of production and export of Rhamnus prinoids in Ethiopia. Secondary data on production and export of the crop were used and analyzed using descriptive statistics. The study identified the total hectare of land under Rhamnus prinoids production and the total volume of production has increased with a compound growth rate of 3% and 4% respectively; while the productivity of the crop has shown no change. Ethiopia exports on average 371,091 kg of Rhamnus prinoids and incurred birr 8,250,427. Israel and Sudan were the highest volume recipient countries for Ethiopian Rhamnus prinoids with the percentage share of 22 % and 72 % respectively.  Great Britain was the destination country from which highest value/kg (birr 322/kg) from Rhamnus prinoids export is received. Therefore, it is important to give attention to the crop in incorporating it into the research system so as to have improved varieties and agronomic recommendations. On the other hand, we need to export the crop and its product to those countries which have high VVR.

Keywords: Gesho, Value to volume ratio, Ethiopia, Rhamnus prinoid