Karuturi, Indian agri-company under fire over allegations of fraud in Ethiopia

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  1. azeb says:

    This is simple a white lie……. We knew very well such a tabloid format, what and why they are meant for. How can one who assumes himself a credible journalist give such stereotypic evidences? This could not be more than hearsay that usually consumed in Ethiopians coffee ceremony. I hope next time this newspaper will tell us ‘karaturi’ sold its land to Chinese company and left the country. This ever ‘sendek’ newspaper was lounged, I never read a single truth sentence. What a shameful newspaper!!!

  2. meron says:

    Dawit millions of tnx for exploring and sharing this sensitive fact! This is the fact that woyane struggle to hid!

    If i compare presence of karuturi in Ethiopia with the recent video you posted about the American funny guy, they are the different sides of one coin.

    The humble mother gave accommodation to the white boy, but later he not only over utilized her, but also abused her. There is a saying—etsedek beye bazelat tentelitela kerech….

    Since some 2 years, several Ethiopians cried about woyane’s flawed and blind land alienation policy to foreigners. It is not about challenging development /investment, but about the procedure, about its cost benefit analysis….about sovereignty, about its long-term effect, about the forcefully displaced voiceless poor, it is about the environment, the life form thereof……unfortunately woyane told us we are wrong and they are right, and we are against the development of our country —-

    Look!
    As it is Crystal clear, Karuturi got over 60m birr from national bank of Ethiopia and over 3000,000 ha of land (later on reduced). He got one of the prime soil of the country’s remaining arable land. The objective was clear—producing food over sea and taking products home, to his own people (though woyane and and he said this is not true). You can listen how the Soudi govern say about his declining water at home and the need to get land in Africa in the below link—

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nt22chvx_yQ

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IU1-PpxqeZc

    What type of investment is this? an ill investment which may fill the pocket of few woyane ministers but displace millions from their route, exposing them to death in the middle of nowhere. When they claim their land, they were killed, bitten—their women raped by agazi…Ohhhhhhhhh! Gambela stand up and speak the truth!

    Know the one time saint/prophet of woyane Karuturi is now under prosecution. In one of the above link the British journalist said —the recent land deal in Ethiopia-Gamble as the deal of the century.

    Thanks to woyane, yesterday they gave away, even before they were asked our port, today they give away millions of ha of land—poor Ethiopia. By doing so, woyane minsters accumulate their USD in abraded banks. From where do you think the dead man can bring 3billion if not from such a deal of the century?!

    my argument was if Ethiopia can able to lend 60 million for karuturi, why not they give that money to its own citizens (could be shared among 10 investors)? The benefits of doing this if we can’t avoid) could be availing their products to the local market. This may also have little long term consequences compared to selling land to India for 100 years.

    Did karuturi brough new technology as the dead man used to say? No-it brought what we knew and even produce-Tractors. I argued that time, the possibility to integrate Adama Tractor factory in the process so that the country will benefit than allowing the face investor to bring thing from his country. Adama tractor industry could have grown double! We also cried to give small land for the time being than 300000 and for relatively short term, than 99 years. Who can sell his or her own country like that if not the passed way man?! I am sure no one in this plant earth!

    Now woyane is backing to our advice but too late! Already thousands of Gambels displaced and affected to the level they can’t recover, the land was over exposed to all type of chemicals (coz it is not indian land), the life form including the femous Gambela National park were abandoned…and the wildlife migrated to Kenya and Sudan….and above all, the Indian government and people are not going to see such ups and owns to their company in positive eyes.

    I am happy that woyane went to such a rift with the murdered karuturi—let his keep abusing our girls in addis until his day will come. he is going to bankrupt like the Greece!

  3. teshome says:

    Dawit Kebede
    Do you think ‘sendek’ news paper is worth mentioning source for such critical issues?
    Please we don’t want you to gather unreliable and at same time politically tuned information that can serve no relevance to your readers.
    If you don’t know, here is the fact ‘Sendek’ news paper, is known for its deception, lie and a political motive. Ever since ‘Karaturi’ went to Gambella,this news paper was constantly engaged in smear campaign against him. This article is a part and continuation of this evil thought. ‘Sendek’ has done more damage than good in disseminating information, because it lies to 99th percentile.
    Honestly, I am tremendously saddened by the action of Awramba Times. I was also expecting Awramaba times team to present for its readers the other side of the story. Is this not what a balanced information is all about?
    ‘KARATURI’ like any foreign companies in Ethiopia has strength and weakness. The company is operating under adverse conditions where infrastructure are very limited. More ‘Karaturi’ investment is too much politicize both domestically and internationally.
    In the face of such an overwhelming odds, the information we had about this company is positive and encouraging
    Personally, I appreciate the owner of the company for taking enormous risks and life threatening conditions to engage in Ethiopian growth and development.
    I hope next time, Dawit will tell us more about ‘Karaturi’ what we don’t know and what we don’t like to hear. I can’t wait that day.

    • janbo says:

      @Teshome, you don’t feel the pain inflicted by Karuturi to displace and invade the the land of Gambela to displace innocent Gamblas settled for thousand years? Moreover you don’t feel the environmental degradation by deforestation and clearing the park?I would rater starved than Indians has stolen and destruct our Environmental.This Guy borrowed $60,000,000 from Ethiopia commercial bank. He came to Ethiopia in bare hand to invest. The guy came with one stone to kill two birds. “Kemong dejaf mofer yokorteal”@ Teshome, what do you feel if these suffering happens in Amhara or Tigray region to make environmental sabotage and destruction? You donot hang up yourself on a tree?

  4. bendo says:

    This is embarrassing news to the gov. This need to be investigated and some one need to be punished and need to keek out this ideates as well.

    Imagine how money people left there land hoping to profit from this investment. 800 hectar from 300,000 is not even 1% in use.

    More than 99% of fertile land been sitting with out work for more than 5 years and we still buy maize from abroad.

    Wow what can i say more.

    This kind of news makes you to judge what people like teshome think

  5. meron says:

    at teshome
    pls live dawit.
    You better go and tell that to etv and Addis zemen, Adiis admas. Even these days you can’t tell such a thing to reporter.

    What more you wanted to do to AWTs- you kicked off its editors in-Chief and jailed its reporters. And now you follow him up to USA? hahahahahah This is really funny than what the American guy did to my Ethiopian mam.

    To you all media that are critical (even who report small thing that is bit of negative to woyane) is totally a lay. Shame!! By the way where in the world have you seen a media based on lay, if not etv and Addis zemen?

    Do you really think such a detail question based on information from backers will be a lay? Have no idea when reporter reported last time karuturi meret tekenesebet—

    as to you laying for woyane is what you mean balancing the debate? You are complaining about the (lay) other media outlets), but you wish AWTs to lay. he AWTs is not woyane propaganda machine!! I think we have enough of them—you them well!

  6. Ash says:

    If karuturi, renting his tractors…number one who is renting his tractor the same people who his displace? Or small holder farmer? In any case Ethiopian farmer r renting the tractors and if u ask me that s good news. Without karuturi, those small holder farmer couldn’t afford to buy tractors therefore karuturi is indrictly helping the economy.

    About 300,000 hectors land…I think karuturi need help, to farm all those land he need money 96million is a joke..he need billion dollars he already invested billion so if we want him to succued then we have to give him money for very long term loan…he by himself can feed 80million people with some help but if we all praying that he fail and do every think to make him fail by bad mouth him…Mr.karuturi name is associated with land grap who in the right mind invest with him if we go around bad mouth him good name and when he could not get loan or investment then we trun round and say he fail in fact we fail him…we guys follow him up to India to bad mouth him so think about it. If mr.karuturi fail, Ethiopia fail because karuturi a lot of investor come to Ethiopia

  7. kule says:

    Why is the regime supporters also blindly support a foreign company accused of fraud in this forum? Karuturi is not EPRDF. Please stop blindly supporting or blindly opposing anyone. I never read or heard this company produce anything for the last five year.

    • Ash says:

      @Kule, Karuturi is not foreign. He is Ethiopian…even in America if u stay legally five years u can apply for American citizenship therefore the person who stay more then five years u can’t call him foreigner…Karuturi is Ethiopian by choice…the funy thing u try to creat division between foreign company and Ethiopia company but u urself work and live in foreign land how do u like it if the American call u foreigner and treat u differently ..

      Another thing, I thought the real Ethiopians boycotting Ethiopian investment…look how many real Ethiopian protesting the Nile dam bond sale…therefore u r not coming and u ont wnt other to come..

      To those who say Karuturi, wasted five years we wasted 3000 years therefore what is five years…as urself did we give every thing that we can to make Karuturi succuesed or we try every thing in our power to make Karuturi fail, and when he fail we r pointing finger.

      • nevin says:

        Karutures Gambala Dreams are almost over It only farm 20000 hc, rest of the land give back by the company , if company successful in planting 20000 hc company ask for more land otherwise company give up all land. I am an inverter in the company, this info come out in the agm.

        Also please don’t spread the Miss information, If karuturi is successful Ethiopia never face another famine, But the westerns don’t like it, Son of a billionaire investor ( who claim he is a small farmer only has 2000 acres) leading a campaign to starve the Ethiopian to submission, then only he can sell his crops in high price to un and other agencies and make profit, people like him with global powers making sure all efforts to make Ethiopia become self sufficient in food, Karuturi global is big in cut flower business but it not capable of fighting global powers so company withdrawing from gamballa or these powers destroy the company. ( even in india bank are with holding funding and not giving and specific reason, further investigation reveld Out side forces banned any banks provide funds to the company at last company force to secure fund from india govt owned bank)

  8. Sharad says:

    Karuturi created jobs, schools, footbal clubs.

    Trying to farm land that would feed entire Ethiopia. So that famine’s would be no more.

    Who is happy & who is sad is clear. The americans & chinese are not happy.

    Surprising that some Ethiopians also not happy

  9. Krishna says:

    Fuck Karuturi and his fucking company. He is a common thief. No more no less

    • Ash says:

      @Krishna,

      Without common thief, we will not need police,judge,loywer and secruty …

      If not for rat, we don’t need a cat…so it is in cat self interest not to kill all the rat….otherwise the cat will be out of a job..

      Meaning we need common thief…to creat a job for many people…so don’t be hater

  10. M P Haran says:

    Growth of India and Indian Companies are a lachrimator (irritant the eye) to many. Sun does not stop its course simply some dogs do the barking. Let Ehiopia and India be partners in growth. Karuturi has been doing that.

  11. Teklemariam says:

    After I took part in the advanced training on human rights I tried to make the best out of the skills and ideas to the local communities on how to proceed on the cases at hand. The major problem we faced was that the government security forces threatened as to stop our advocacy work on behalf of those displaced people from their lands in Gambella and lower Omo regions.
    The companies involved in the act of Land grabbing in Ethiopia includes Saudi Star a Saudi Arabian tycoon Al-Moudi, with close links to the top-level Ethiopian leadership, has been allotted 10,000 hectares for a rice plantation. His massive project has done considerable damage to the local environment, which includes a national park and wildlife habitat, and local communities that have lived in their homelands for many generations. The investment barely provides economic benefits to local communities.
    Besides the Saudi company, Indian based Karuturi Global, a pioneer worldwide in production of roses, Emami Biotech, a part of Kolkata-based Emami group, the conglomerate Shapoorji Pallonji these Indian enterprises are on a land grab spree in Ethiopia and have already acquired 600,000 hectares of land (mostly on lease) in past few years.
    When the Ethiopian government met with [the investors] the local people were never consulted and were never compensated. The decision was made without involving the people. For the indigenous people, their land, their one identity and existence as a people for their survival has been taken away by the very government that is supposed to protect them.
    Human rights abuses are a major source of concern associated with land grabbing and involuntary settlement. In particularly, government use of military force has been implicated in murder, rape and unlawful detentions.
    We believe that agencies of the World Bank Group, mainly the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector branch of the WB-G, and the Foreign Investment Advisory Service (FIAS) have been preparing the ground through technical assistance and advisory services to governments of Ethiopia with the aim of facilitating the access of investors to these countries. FIAS advised in the drafting of bills that would allow investors greater investment mobility. With these benefits provided to foreign investors, it is no surprise that interest in African land markets has increased in recent years. They have promoted policies to facilitate the ability of foreign investors to acquire land for agriculture in developing countries.
    Southern Ethiopia’s Lower Omo Valley is one of the most culturally and biologically diverse areas in the world, yet the Ethiopian government is transforming more than 375,000 hectares (1450 sq. miles) of the region into industrial-scale plantations for sugar and other monocrops. A vast resettlement scheme for the local ethnic groups is accompanying these plans, as 260,000 local people from 17 ethnic groups who live in the Lower Omo and around Lake Turkana—whose waters will be taken for plantation irrigation—are being evicted from their farmland and restricted from using the natural resources they have been relying on for their livelihoods.
    The plantations are being installed and ethnic and pastoral communities are being forcibly resettled with the help of the Ethiopian military, which has become a central player in the implementation of the Ethiopian government’s development plans. Forced evictions, denial of access to subsistence land, beatings, killings, rapes, imprisonment, intimidation, political coercion, and the denial of government assistance are all being used as tools of forced resettlement. Meanwhile, international donors have been accused of supporting the programs connected with the resettlement sites.
    In response to these criticisms, a group from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) conducted a joint field investigation in the Lower Omo in January 2012. Although this group heard many credible accounts of abuses connected to the resettlement or “villagisation” program, the official stance of the United Kingdom government has since been to repeatedly insist that the “the Department for International Development was not able to substantiate the allegations of human rights violation it received during its visit to South Omo in January 2012.” Similarly, the US State Department’s Ethiopia 2012 Human Rights Report released in April 2013 indicates that donors’ visits “did not find evidence to support this claim [of human right violations] during visits.” DFID and USAID also reported this unsubstantiation of allegations of human rights abuses to the Development Assistance Group (DAG), which is made up of 26 of the major aid agencies that donate to Ethiopia including the UNDP, IMF, and the World Bank.
    This report provides unique insight into the investigation conducted by the donor agencies in January 2012. In stark contrast with the official discourse, testimony from the affected communities shows that egregious human rights violations have taken place. The author accompanied the assessment team as its translator and has audio recordings of the interviews conducted in several Lower Omo communities. Transcripts of these recordings, made public with this report, leave no room for doubt that the donor agencies were given highly credible first-hand accounts of serious human rights violations during their field investigation and they have chosen to steadfastly ignore these accounts.
    Despite this negligence on the part of the UK and USA a farmer from the Gambella region attempted to sue the UK government after claiming that its funding of a project led to such human rights abuses against his family. The man–known as Mr. O–told his lawyers he was evicted from his farm, beaten and witnessed rapes as part of the “villagization” scheme.
    According to his lawyers, Mr. O asserts that his family was forced to resettle in a new village where there was no replacement farmland or access to food and water. When he tried to return to his former home, Mr. O says he was hit repeatedly with a rifle butt and taken to a military camp by Ethiopian soldiers where he was gagged and subjected to further beatings.
    Despite the list of human rights complaints and strong criticism from many human rights organizations, the Ethiopian government has continued with its villagization program in the coming years.
    The government has already moved 200,000 households into 388 resettlement centers. Anuradha Mittal, Executive Director of the Oakland Institute has said that it’s up to the officials of the World Bank, USAID and DFID “to swiftly re-examine their role and determine how to better monitor funding if they are indeed not in favor of violence and repression as suitable relocation techniques for the development industry.”
    Hence, all the attempts made thus far where not successful. The EPRDF/TPLF led government should change it’s policy on human rights as soon as possible or else a lot of people are going to be starved to death

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