Rwanda’s agricultural board boosts coffee export capacity with new US$1.15m equipment

RWANDA – The National Agriculture Export Board (NAEB) of Rwanda has officially launched the operations of its newly acquired modern coffee sorting and grading equipment worth US$1.15 million. Through the TradeMark East Africa (TMEA), USAID funded the procurement, delivery, installation, and operationalization of the coffee sorting and grading machines worth US$1.159 million. While the Kingdom of the Netherlands provided funding for coffee sorting tables worth US$ 217,000 under the regional TMEA Safe Trade Emergency Facility. According to the NAEB Chief Financial Officer, Andre Ndikumana, “The equipment will considerably expedite operations.…

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Rwanda attains self-sufficiency in production of maize, wheat, soybean seeds cutting off imports

RWANDA – Rwanda’s investment in boosting local production of seeds has begun to pay of as the government has indicated it will not import seeds of maize, wheat and soya, in the coming agricultural season. This, according to Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources Gerardine Mukeshimana, follows attainment of seed production sufficiency of 100 percent in the current season. “That is why in the instructions we gave to the farmers we have shown specific prices for these seeds and we will no longer help the farmers import them, whoever wants…

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Rwanda, Luxembourg launch waste recycling project in Kigali

RWANDA – Rwanda and the government of Luxembourg have launched a waste recycling and management project that will recycle, improve city solid waste control and hazardous waste management in Kigali city. Codenamed “Waste to Resources”, the three-year project aims at adopting integrated sustainable waste management methods including waste segregation, transfer, sorting, treatment, recovery, and disposal, in an integrated manner and business models to increase the capacity of the waste management system. The launch of the waste to resource project follows Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Ministry of Environment…

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Rwanda to boost local production of edible oil with US$10m investment in new processing plant

RWANDA – Kayonza Distribution Company Ltd, a Rwandese retail and distribution company, has invested US$10 million in the establishment of an edible oil manufacturing plant. The investment is aimed to boost local supply of cooking oil in the country and trim the import bill. Targeted to commence operations by the end of the year, the processing facility is expected to produce 100 tonnes of cooking oil per day, reports New Times Rwanda. With this new investment, Rwanda hopes to gradually reduce cooking oil imports, which peaked at 126,002 metric tonnes…

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Slovakian company Rokosan to establish US$23.6m organic fertilizer factory in Rwanda

RWANDA – Rokosan Limited, Slovakian producer of organic and organo-mineral fertilizers, has commenced construction of a new production facility in Rwanda worth €20m (US$23.6m). The new facility, will be Rokosan first unit outside its home country, and is aimed to revolutionize production of organic fertilizer by utilizing animal wastes such as poultry feathers, cattle hooves and horns. Rokosan Rwanda plant is expected to have an annual production capacity of 20 million litres of organic fertilizer. The facility will be sufficiently served by raw materials sourced locally, as a feasibility study…

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Rwanda, JICA ink 5-year agreement to strengthen coffee value chain

RWANDA – The government of Rwanda, in partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), have launched the second phase of the coffee cooperation project. The five-year agreement was signed by the Japanese government’s developmental organization, JICA, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI), National Agriculture Export Development Board (NAEB) and Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB). It aims to strengthen the coffee value chain and promote technical cooperation projects, sustaining the achievements of the first phase which was launched in May 2017. Focus of the…

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Ghana to establish chocolate production plant in Rwanda as Rwanda eyes pyrethrum processing unit in Ghana

GHANA/RWANDA – Ghana and Rwanda have entered into an agreement to enhance value-addition of agro-allied products in the countries, boosting trade and investments between the two nations. As part of the pact, the world’s second largest producer and exporter of cocoa, Ghana, is set to establish a chocolate production plant in Rwanda, supplying the unit at the East African region with processed organic cocoa in a form of coca nibs or cocoa Liquor, as shall be determined. Meanwhile, Rwanda, the second largest producer of pyrethrum globally, accounting for approximately 15…

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South Africa, Rwanda up game in reducing plastic waste pollution promoting circular economy

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa has made significant strides in boosting recycling of plastic bottles with the launch of a new novel labelling technique, as Rwanda’s private sector is set to plough in huge amount of funds to facilitate collection, transportation, disposal and recycling of single-use plastics in the next five years. South African PET plastic bottle recyclers Extrupet and PETCO, in partnership with drinking water bottler Oasis Water, label manufacturer UPM Raflatac and label printers Java Print, have unveiled a new wash-off label adhesive placed on bottles. The ground-breaking…

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Rwanda leverages of E-commerce to growth agriculture value chain, boost market access

RWANDA – Rwanda has unveiled its first ever National Strategy on E-commerce in Agriculture Value Chains, aimed to strengthen online trading of agricultural products to enhance market access. The project set to run for size years (2021-2026), will be spearheaded by the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). According to reports by Rwanda New Agency, the initiative will build on the existing digital platforms, and country’s efforts to promote innovation and use of ICT in boosting agricultural production and…

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Rwanda launches new banana alcoholic beverages produced in recently opened US$1.2m factory

RWANDA – Rwanda has commenced operations at its Rwf1.2 billion (US$1.2m), Rwamagana Banana Community Processing Centre, producing banana alcoholic beverages. The factory which set turbines of its machines rolling in the beginning of April, has a production capacity of 28,000 litres per day i.e., 3,500 crates. According to reports by The New Times Rwanda, construction works for the facility started in 2016, but stalled for years. The center was fully constructed and equipped in January 2019 with production starting in 2020. However, they were again met with slight set-back of…

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