Following the emergence and expansion of the private business, the dawn of horticulture farms also came to the country. Hence, privately owned horticulture farms started to emerge and most of the farms started producing vegetables and fruits for local and international markets.
Following the vegetables and fruit farms, other horticulture varieties came into existence soon. These included production of roses, herbs and cuttings. Particularly, the floriculture has shown a remarkable growth in the last ten years and provided many economic and job opportunities to the country.
This industry, although only a decade old, has shown significant progress in generating high foreign income and creating huge employment opportunity.
When we are talking about such a great leap forward, the horticulture is earning such high revenue in only limited and insignificant area of land, given the immense potential of our country. The total area of horticulture is almost about 12,552 hectares of land from which floriculture, 80% foreign revenue earner of the sector, is practiced on only 1,442 hectares of land. This is only 11% of the developed horticulture land in the country.
As farms and started to increase in number, they wanted to have their own association that would help them to tackle problems they face individually. This initiated them to conceive and realize EHPEA in 2002. Initially, five farms came together and requested the government to improve the infrastructure, facilitate loan and logistics services and put in place import export regulations. Currently, more and more growers are coming to join the industry and the association.
This association, representing the growers is a not-for-profit non-governmental organization with members that are legally registered and operating in the horticulture production and export business. Currently, members registered with EHPEA have reached to 96, with 75 active businesses that produce flowers, cuttings, ornamental plants, fruits, vegetables and herbs for export market. The association is also effectively representing and advocating the interests of its members both locally and internationally.