AFMASS FoodTech – Rwanda edition

AFMASS FoodTech Conference & Expo - Rwanda edition is the first conference and exhibition targeted at the food & beverage and milling industry in Rwanda and the Great Lakes region (Uganda, Burundi, South Sudan and eastern DRC). The event is focused on providing a platform to share vital technical skills to the food manufacturing, retail…

New IFPRI report calls for increased funding in agriculture sector

AFRICA – The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) proposes more funding in the agriculture sector to promote food security in rural areas, according to a new report released by the agriculture think tank. The 2019 Global Food Policy Report recently launched in Kigali, Rwanda proposed that governments increase financial and policy support to rural…

Rwanda’s Bralirwa gains growth momentum as profits increase 42% to US$7.98m

RWANDA - Bralirwa Plc, a Rwandan beverage manufacturer, has reported a 42% growth in profits to US$7.98 million (Rwf7.2bn) in its 2018 financial year up from US$5.63 million (Rwf5.1bn) the beverage firm posted in 2017. Amidst the challenging operating environment that impacted on firm’s performance in the previous year, the Heineken NV’s Rwandan subsidiary managed…

Rwanda’s Madhvani Group to invest US$92m in sugarcane production scheme

RWANDA – The Madhvani Group Rwanda, the parent company of Kabuye Sugar Works Limited, is set to invest up to US$92 million in setting up sugar production scheme to boost local sugar production. The multi-million dollar investment will see the company establish a sugar cane processing factory with an annual production capacity of 56 000tonnes…

Rwanda Standards Board to introduce new feature in anti-counterfeit drive

RWANDA – The Rwanda Standards Board is set to introduce a special logo of standards, the ‘S-MARK’, on approved products in a bid to promote reduction of counterfeit products and improve visibility in the international market. Anicent Muriro, from the standards body, said that the special technology is also aimed at enabling small to medium…

UK’s AgDevCo invests US$3m in Rwandan milling firm to expand production capacity

RWANDA – United Kingdom (UK) based social impact investor, AgDevCo, has announced a US$3 million investment into Minimex Limited, Rwanda’s leading maize milling firm, to expand the production capacity of the firm. The investment is supported through UK Aid's IMSAR programme aimed at helping improve market systems for agriculture in Rwanda. Harriett Baldwin, UK Minister…

Africa’s free trade deal reaches minimum required ratifications for implementation

AFRICA - The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), an agreement trade between participating African countries , has received the minimum number of ratification needed to come into effect. This comes after Gambia signed the agreement becoming the 22nd country to ratify the deal hence effectively helping meet the minimum threshold, 12 months after the…

Rwanda Standards Boards receives US$1m to boost food safety, trade

RWANDA – The Rwanda Standards Board (RSB) has received a US$1 million fund aimed at facilitating the standards body adopt global practices and improve service delivery to enhance food safety and trade. The fund comes through a financing agreement between Trademark East Africa and RSB in Kigali, Rwanda, reports New Times Rwanda. The financing is…

Rwanda’s manufacturers seek more time to phase out single-use plastics

RWANDA - Rwanda manufacturers have called for more time to phase out single-use plastics following concerns that the time limit provided would heavily impact on their performance. This follows the Rwandan cabinet’s approval of a draft law that proposes the ban of single-use plastics as part of the efforts mitigate environmental impacts posed by non-biodegradable…

EA manufacturers call for uniform tariffs on imports to shield local industries

EAST AFRICA - Manufacturers in the East African region are pushing for the full implementation of the Common External Tariff on goods and cereals from outside the bloc in a move to protect local businesses. Speaking during the recently held African CEO Forum in Kigali, Rwanda, the manufacturers pointed out that imports from the Asian…