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Karuturi Demands Compensation From Ethiopia

Karuturi is demanding millions in compensation from Ethiopia
An Indian flower grower is demanding millions in compensation from Ethiopia for loses incurred due to the government’s ‘unilateral and illegal’ cancellation of its investment and trade license in the country.

BY NIZAR MANEK | BLOOMBERG

Karuturi Global Ltd., an Indian flower grower, demanded compensation from the Ethiopian government for a series of failed land deals as it prepares to exit the Horn of Africa nation.

The company wrote a letter to Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn accusing the state of nationalizing its farming investments and said it should be given “adequate and appropriate” redress. The Sept. 20 letter was emailed to Bloomberg by Karuturi Managing Director Sai Ramakrishna Karuturi. Continue reading Karuturi Demands Compensation From Ethiopia

Sudanese Farmers Angry at Ethiopian Land Grab

Al-Fashaga is the new Badme. A land grab or not, why would the government of Sudan allow its land to be farmed by Ethiopians for decades?

BY MIDDLE EAST MONITOR

Ethiopians are still controlling more than 500,000 acres of land on the Sudanese side of the border in the area of El Gedaref, according to Sudanese farmers angry that an agreement to return the agricultural land has not been honoured. Continue reading Sudanese Farmers Angry at Ethiopian Land Grab

Dutch, Israeli Farms in Ethiopia Attacked by Protesters

Land grabbers feeling the heat. Foreign farm companies in Ethiopia says their multi-million dollar investment went up in smoke this week in Amhara region as protesters start targeting businesses with links to the government. Flowers are one of the country’s top exports.

By William Davidson | for Bloomberg,

A Dutch-run flower farm in northern Ethiopia was among a series of foreign-owned plantations attacked by anti-government protesters as unrest in the country spreads.

A “large group” of people invaded Esmeralda Farms Inc.’s farm 13 kilometers (8 miles) south of Bahir Dar city in the Amhara region on Aug. 29, causing about 7 million euros ($7.8 million) of damage, country manager Haile Seifu said by phone Thursday. Flower farms in the area owned by Israeli, Italian, Indian and Belgian companies were among nine commercial properties damaged in the protests, which continued on Aug. 30, he said. Continue reading Dutch, Israeli Farms in Ethiopia Attacked by Protesters

Time to Repeal Anti-Terrorism Law in Ethiopia

Guilty until proven Innocent. Ethiopia’s Anti-Terrorism legislation makes Ethiopia the only country in the world that allows the police to arrest and detain a criminal suspect and then go out looking for evidence of wrongdoing for months and even years.

By Anuradha Mittal,

With the African Union celebrating the African Year of Human Rights at its 26th summit, at its headquarters in Addis, Ethiopia, the venue raises serious concerns about commitment to human rights.

Ethiopia’s so called economic development policies have not only ignored but enabled and exacerbated civil and human rights abuses in the country. Case and point is the ongoing land grabbing affecting several regions of the country. Under the controversial “villagization” program, the Ethiopian government is forcibly relocating over 1.5 million people to make land available to investors for so called economic growth. Continue reading Time to Repeal Anti-Terrorism Law in Ethiopia

Do all Ethiopians Live on Borrowed Land?

TPLF is the new feudal land lord in Ethiopia. Why does the TPLF reject the binding Boundary Commission decision with Eritrea yet voluntarily deliver 600,000 acres of “fertile land” to the Sudan?

By Prof. Al Mariam,

Last week, Sudan Tribune reported that the “technical committee tasked with redrawing the border between Sudan and Ethiopia said it would complete its work on the ground during this year.” According to the report, work on the “border demarcation stopped following the death of Ethiopia’s former Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi.” Continue reading Do all Ethiopians Live on Borrowed Land?

Why Do Ethiopians Want to See Karuturi Fail?

“I have invented and discovered commercial farming in Ethiopia…. [but] Why does everybody here wants me to fail? …. Touch me, then you will see the power of India… The irony is, if the project succeeds it benefits Ethiopia but if it fails it harms nobody but Karuturi.” – Sai Ramakrishna Karuturi, founder and managing director of Karuturi Global Ltd.
By Birhanu Fikade | for The Reporter,

Sai Ramakrishna Karuturi, founder and managing director of Karuturi Global Ltd, claims that he is the person who introduced commercial farming in Ethiopia. However, his performance has been disappointing, he admits. He is having a troubled time in relation to settling bank loans.

The following is an exclusive interview The Reporter has conducted with Karuturi where he candidly and boldly argues on the insurmountable challenges he has been forced to face in his operations here in Ethiopia starting from land acquisition procedures to financing mechanisms: Excerpts:  Continue reading Why Do Ethiopians Want to See Karuturi Fail?