Belco Team | 2022-11-29
PS: We have left the questions written in Amharic for our Ethiopian friends, for the others it's for pleasure.
Subtitles are included in the video, you can choose them in French and English.
እራስዎን ያስተዋውቁ ስም፣ ትዉልድ እና እድገት፣ የእርሻ ስም፣ እንዴት ቡና ውስጥ እንደገባችሁ፣ የምትሸጡት የቡና ዓይነቶች ፣ መቼ ነው መጀመሪያ ወደ ውጭ መላክ የጀመርከው
My name is Khalid Shifa, and I was born in a place known as Echemo in Jimma Zone, Gomma Wereda (district), Beshasha Kebele (village). I began working in the coffee trade at an early age on the farm owned by my grandfather and father. My family's farm got expanded, and I took over coffee business by sourcing for the local market. Five years ago, I got my export license and made my first sale to BELCO. Currently I produce fully washed (Grade 1 & 2), Natural (Grade 1 & 3) and Honey (Grade 1) organic certified exclusively for BELCO and other qualities for local market.
ከቤልኮ ጋር ስትሠራ ለምን ያህል ጊዜ ነው? ለቤልኮ የሸጥከው የቡና አይነት
I sold one container of Grade 3 Natural, 2010 EC. I have been working with BELCO for 5 years now. (FYI according to the Ethiopian calendar we are in 2015 this year, so 2010 = 2017 for us).
እስካሁንምን ዓይነት ኢንቨስትመንት አድርገሃል? መጀመሪያ ላይ የነበረህንና አሁን ያለህን ግለጽ፤ መጀመሪያ ላይ ስንት ኮንቴይነሮች ወይም ከረጢቶች ወደ ውጭ ላክ
Initially I started working on the family farm with a licence to sell on the local market. I started exporting 5 years ago and invested in three sites in the Jimma area:
እነዚህን ኢንቨስትመንቶች የመረጥከው ለምንድን ነው
I made the decision to invest in the washing and drying station so that I could supply more coffee to the local and international markets. One of my challenges was the lack of an organic certified hulling station within a reasonable distance of the station, so I made the investment in one and a warehouse to hold the coffee until it is ready for export.
ኤክስፖርተር መሆን በንግድ ስራህ ላይ የሚያሳድረውን ተፅዕኖ እንዴት ነው የምትመለከቱት
Coffee exporting is a lucrative business mainly for speciality grade coffees, but for commercial quality coffees, the local market price is frequently greater than the international price, so we lose money. Additionally, because we are bringing in foreign currency, exporters are provided bank loans with lower interest rates.
ቀጥሎ ምን ዓይነት ኢንቨስትመንት ለማድረግ አስበሃል
In the future, I intend to make investments in a larger coffee farm and other projects that will enable me to maintain a sustainable and high-quality coffee source while producing more coffee. I'm currently in the process of buying another coffee farm.
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