NAMNI JIMAA HARARGEE WAJJIIN HANJAMTU IRRA DEEBITEE YAADUU SIGAAFATA.ETHIOPIA BIRA DARBEE GUUTUU ADDUNYAA DIINAGDEEN UTUBAA JIRA KUNOO RAGAA BARRUUFI VIDEO SIIF DHIYEESSINEETI JIRRA .#AWADAY&#CHAAT. Awaday is located 525 km east of Ethiopia Capital Finfinee or Addis Ababa of Oromia region. This is the heart of the country’s CHAAT WORLD.
The cash crop is traded 24 hours a day, the busiest hours being from dawn to 9am. This busy crowd market is a bustling space, pushing, shoving and being grabbed by the shoulders is all common practice in the aisles of the market place. However, unlike other Chaat markets in the country, the people here are some of the friendliest.
In this area of Oromia region, Chaat has got the status of cash crop. It is one of the major sources of foreign exchange earnings to the Ethiopian Economy. It has a strong demand at local and overseas markets and is sold daily in both markets.
Bundles of Chaat are packed in makeshift sacks amongst other leaves for safety and the worth of the pristine harvest directly from the source farmer to exporter can sometimes be as high as $2000 USD a bunch. Whereas a source mediator to the exporter will be a price market of per kilogram.
Trucks leave Awaday daily heading to destinations such as Djibouti, Somaliland and Kenya to deliver the in-demand leaf. It is estimated that from 30 to 35 Tons of Chaat are sold daily in local and neighboring countries. While unknown numbers of kilos of dry chat are exported across the world.
From 2012 onward, Study shows that, this plant ranks the fourth largest Export in Ethiopia, earning more than $270 million (205 million euros), However, thousands of farmers and traders here in Awaday were systematical congested not benefit from the country’s economic share.
Government official secretly involved in the Chaat business to collect an illegal tax-free benefit. Most of these officials who indirectly involved in the Chaat business were members of former Tigrayian People Liberation Front. The disastrous business monopoly by these networked officials has been common to see on other businesses throughout Ethiopia.
The system designed in collections of taxes by both regional and federal governments where most of the revenue collected by the federal were totally corrupted and unfair. Moreover, this type of double taxation is not witnessed in any other commodities of trade and it was clearly made for this type of exploitation.
The Government collects large sum of foreign exchange earnings and revenues from taxes on export transactions and uses that in government’s budgetary expenditures. However, its unlawful that the government does not provide any incentive of compensation to the farmers of Chat.
” Long hours of working barefoot in the mud steeps their legs these poor farmers’ needs and fair share must come first.”
By: Ayzak MO