International Journal of Mathematical Research

February 2017, Volume 6, 2, pp 60-68

Seasonal Time Series Analysis on Export Performance of Hawassa Green Wood Flower Production (SARIMA Model)

Mulugeta Aklilu Zewdie, Yohannes Yibabe

Mulugeta Aklilu Zewdie 1
Yohannes Yibabe 2

  1. Department of Statistics, College of Natural and Computational Sciences, Mekelle University, Ethiopia 1

  2. Department of Statistics, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Hawassa University, Ethiopia 2

Pages: 60-68

DOI: 10.18488/journal.24.2017.62.60.68

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Article History:

Received: 26 June, 2017
Revised: 30 October, 2017
Accepted: 10 November, 2017
Published: 18 December, 2017


This study focuses in determining the trend and seasonality export performance of stem rose flower at Hawassa Green Wood based on five year monthly data. The data was obtained from secondary and primary source and includes from January 2006/7 to December 2010/11. Both descriptive and inferential Statistical methods of analysis are used to analyses the data. The analysis is done by using Minitab statistical soft ware. The methods of interests are trend analysis and Box-Jenkins SARIMA models. The trend for this data shows an increasing trend however seasonal fluctuation occurs. SARIMA (0, 1, 2) (0, 1, 1) are the selected Box-Jenkins potential model for this data and by using this model forecasted two years ahead.

Keywords: Floriculture, Trend SARIMA, Forecasting,

Received: 26 June 2017 / Revised: 30 October 2017 / Accepted: 10 November 2017 / Published: 18 December 2017

Contribution/ Originality

This study shows the application of Stochastic Mathematical Model to Real Problems.


Floriculture or flower farming is a discipline of horticulture concerned with cultivation of flowering and ornamental plants for gardens and for florist, comprising the floral industry. Floriculture crops include bedding plants, flowering plants, foliage plants or house plants, cut cultivated greens, and cut flowers.

Ethiopia is now Africa’s second largest flower exporter after Kenya since Ethiopia's diversified agro-climatic conditions make suitable for year round production of a broad range of fruits, vegetables and flowers; there are 70 flower farms in Ethiopia, of which 45 percent are owned by local people and the remaining 55 percent by foreign investors. Among the local owned floricultures Hawassa green wood is popular in Southern region.

Hawassa green wood private limited company (plc) is one of the leading in its industry by exporting different crops, flowers and plants to its customers around the world. The company was established by Mr.Tadesse Belay in October, 1995, with its head quarter located in Hawassa (273 kms to the south of Addis Ababa) and the current (2011) price of one stem flower in this plc export data is$ 0.17.

1.1. Statement of the Problem

The problem of this plc floriculture is that the enterprise has no longer experience in this sector. It is not in the way of increasing production and market performance. This leads the country less competent in the world flower market. Other problems are the following

Our research project is filling the gaps when production must increase as the market demanded increases either locally or internationally and discovered other problems in open questions and to use as input in our finding.

1.2. General Objective

The main objectives of this research project are applying some time series techniques to study the change in the flower export performance; and establish time series model.

1.3. Specific Objective

1.4. Significance of the Study

The study assessed the problem of this sector and determines the best way to solve those problems, to be competitive in Ethiopia flower market as well as in the world. The rational that makes as to this study is that Ethiopia is following an agricultural lead industrialization the Government also gave a great attention towards this sector so it is believed that our study will solve as a major source of inspiration for other people to would like to conduct ride research or related area. Thus our study indicate directions and stimulates of others for further were.


People all over the world realize that flowers enhance the quality of life and influence human feeling more than words or other gifts. Globalization ,cultural exchanges and celebration enhancing fraternity such as a new  year ,valentine’s day, memorial day, mother’s day, father’s day ,Christmases, and weddings have induced people globally to use flowers as a means of sharing their feeling.

The Netherlands the world’s largest producer of cut flowers and foliage valued at $3.6 billion followed by Germany and Italy. Some countries are both producers as well as consumers. In Israel, Africa; and south and Central America countries, cut flowers have been a product produced mainly for export with no thought of a potential domestic market. If we take the case of Ethiopian it is only recently that the mere concept of flowers as gift emerged next to Kenya. Thus the domestic market is not yet matured, not withstanding Ethiopia has attracted several foreign investors in recent year, for exporting cut flowers to Ethiopian markets.

The European Market is by far the most important market for Ethiopian roses, cutting and other floriculture products. At the time of market entry by Ethiopia around the turn off millennium the European cut flower market is much more demand driven .The amount of Ethiopian exporting to the international market is low during 1996to 2000, Ethiopia export 436,196 kg of flower, amounting to about Birr 7,174, 405 [1]. Currently Ethiopia by developing 70,000hectares of land for vegetables and fruits, as well as another 4,500 for flowers, we can anticipate a major increase in production.

There is a thriving flower industry in this country ;the climate ,cheap labor and production costs have to growers from many countries (manager of Ethiopian -Indian flower firm, Holita rose plc ).We grow nine type of flowers ,the country’s climate offers opportunity to grow both high altitude and low altitude flowers depending on your flavors Shinde saying. Fantaye Bifu said our export mainly comes from India and Kenya, but we are working to provide research programs at university levels so that we can have more local exports and super visors in the field [2].

Ethiopian flower export is estimated to the year 2011 is 120 million .It has taken Ethiopia 5 years to achieve half of what we have in 3 decades, going by this rate Kenya could be over taken by Ethiopia in a decade. It is now estimated that Ethiopia flower exports good generate about$300 million in just another 2-3 years.(According to the head of the Ethiopia export promotion department ,Melaku legese).The rate of growth of flower industry in Ethiopia is incredible ,and the country is bound to rand among the biggest exporters in the world .For cut flower in the next decade or so ,due to their  ideal agro climatic conditions ,business friendly, environmental and government support . (Dubai flower center marketing director, Ibrahim Ali)

Ethiopia’s income from horticulture exports expected to more than triple $550million in five years due to rising investment, (the head of a powers association).Ethiopia may export 186million in flowers to Europe, Asia and the middle east this year [1].Exports last year (2002) are estimated at$125 million.


The source of the data for this study is based on the information obtained from secondary and primary sources. Any reliable and suitable written documents in Hawassa Green Wood flower production enterprises (floriculture) plc. Used to get this data a number of documents were reviewed and some open questions are interviewed. The data used for this research project consisting the variables of monthly export of flowers in stems from January 2006/7 to December 2010/11.

3.1. Test of Randomness

This test is described to test the systematic oscillation of the time series data depending on the peak and trough. A peak is a value greater than its two neighboring value and a trough is a value less than its two neighboring values. A simple test (turning point test) is given by count the number of peaks and troughs. In order to carry out the test we must determine the distribution of the turning points in random series.

Hypothesis test

 Test statistic

Let p be the number of turning point define counting variable for a set of observation.

Where n is total number of observation of the data and the distribution of p tends to be normal with mean E(p) and variance var (p) with test statistic:

Reject Ho if absolute value of Zcal >Zα/2 where alpha is the level of significance [3]

3.2. Box –Jenkins Approach

Autoregressive model: a time series is said to be in autoregressive process if the current time series is a linear aggregate of a finite number of previous values plus random errors, that is

Moving average model: a time series is said to be in moving average (MA) process if the current time series is a

ARIMA models are the general class of models for forecasting a time series, which can be stationery by transformation, differencing and lagging

 Where p=number of autoregressive terms in the non seasonal model

    d=number of non seasonal differencing

       q=number of lagged forecast errors in the prediction equation of the seasonal model         

      P= number of autoregressive terms in the seasonal model

      D= number of seasonal differencing                         

      Q= number of lagged forecast errors in the prediction equation of the Seasonal model   

 Mathematically it can be written as:

Table-1. Tools for Tentative model identification

Tail off
Cut off after lag p
Cut off after lag p
Tail off
il off
Tail off

Box and Jenkins [4] and Vandele [5]

Stationary means there is no growth or decline in the data. To perform forecasting most of the probability theory of time series is concerned with stationary time series and for these reason time series analysis often requires one to turn a non stationary series in to stationary. To say time series data Yt stationary:

Forecasting the future values an observed time series is an important task in time series analysis in many areas.
Box-Jenkins forecasting

A forecasting is obtained by taking expectation at original t of the model written at time T+k [6]

3.3. Forecasting

Forecasting the future values an observed time series is an important task in time series analysis in many areas.

Box-Jenkins forecasting

A forecasting is obtained by taking expectation at original t of the model written at time T+k.


 Turning Point Test

the series data seems to be fluctuating more rapidly than expected for an iid sequence. This indicates that the data is time series data, implies that it is possible to apply time series analysis on this data.

Figure-1. Plot of the original data Stems vs Months

Figure-2. Plot of stationary data after making SQRT and First Regular and Seasonal differencing

Figure-3. ACF, PACF plot for the SQRT of the original data followed by first regular &seasonal differencing

Both ACF and PACF are the same one significance lags

Table-2. Tentative Models parameter and tests

Model  Type -------------------------- Model 1 SARIMA(0,1,2)(0,1,1) Stochastic Process ---------------------- MA      1 MA      2 SMA  12 Constant Coef. ---------- 0.3931 0.4960 0.7773 -0.4176 SE coef. ---------- 0.1332 0.1372 0.1840 0.4319  T ------- 2.95 3.62 4.22 -0.97 P --------- 0.005 0.001 0.000 0.339
Model 2 SARIMA(1,1,1)(1,1,1) AR       1 SAR     2 MA      1 SMA  12 Constant  0.3088 -0.0971 0.8738 0.7438 -0.2131 0.1933 0.2420 0.1126 0.2482 0.3929   1.60 -0.40 7.76 3.00 -0.54 0.118 0.690 0.000 0.005 0.590

Residuals (MODEL 1): SS=1.27663, MS=0.02969      DF=43     

  Residual (MODEL 2); SS= 1.35106, MS= 0.03217     DF=42

To select the most potential model from the two, it is necessary to consider, MSE

Test of significant for the SARIMA parameters

Therefore, the last potential model is has no autoregressive part and constant term and followed seasonal difference are:

Diagnostic Checking

Table-3. Modified Box-Piece (Lung-Box) Chi-Square Statistic

4 3

Figure-4. Graphical techniques for diagnostic checking of residuals


Table-4. Comparison of different forecasting methods

Period Quadratic Decomposition ARIMA(0,1,2)(0,1,1)
61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 1228567 1233708 1238859 1244020 1249191 1254373 1259564 1264766 1269978 1275200 1280432 1285674 1290926 1296189 1301461 1306744 1312037 1317340 1322653 1327976 1333309 1338653 1344007 1349370 1293680 1218668 1233553 1330934 1274964 1272867 1198220 1137553 1299486 1114401 1115841 1530548 1354831 1276046 1291406 1393111 1334295 1331871 1253550 1189880 1359034 1165273 1166587 1599890 1378276 1466521 1459264 1572516 1527696 1525225 1459264 1432809 1517824 1440000 1430416 1563584 1517824 1517824 1510441 1625635 1577536 1575025 1507984 1481089 1567564 1488400 1476225 1614409

As we can see from the table, the forecast values using Quadratic trend model shows strictly small value increments from the origin of forecasting up to dec, 2013.But when we apply the multiplicative decomposition model the forecast values are under estimated.

The SARIMA (0, 1, 2) (0, 1, 1) model is best forecast since it consider the seasonal expected changes, but the quadratic trend model does not consider the expected changes of the series. Therefore for this data we cannot use the quadratic trend model for forecasting rather we use the SARIMA (0, 1, 2) (0, 1, 1) which is the selected best model as we have seen before.


Depending on the outcomes the following conclusions are drawn:


Based on the result of the study and overview open questions the Government must supported  impute materials such as chemicals, fertilizers, special seeds, local and international market linkages.

Funding: This study received no specific financial support.
Competing Interests: The authors declare that they have no competing interests.   
Contributors/Acknowledgement: First Thanks and Praise to the Living triune God who guided, provided and sustained me with wisdom, courage and perseverance throughout this journey, next i would like to thanks the Manager of Hawassa Green Wood for their kind cooperation on data collection and 3rdly my Family ,Y2 and Abnet G.


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[2]         Ministry of Trade and Industry Annual Report Ethiopia, "Ethiopia 2011 at AU Conference of the Minister of Trade AA," 2011.

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[4]         G. Box and G. Jenkins, Time series analysis: Forecasting and control. San Francisco: Holden-Day.dd, 1976.

[5]         W. Vandele, "Applied time series and box –Jenkins models," 1983.

[6]         H. Richard and S. Robert, Applied time series modelling and forecasting: John Wiley & Sons Ltd, 2003.

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