New Zealand, European Commission supports Rwanda’s agriculture sector with funding

Rwanda – The Government of New Zealand has joined in as the new partner of Farm to Market Alliance (FtMA), with its multi-year commitment of NZD 6.8 million (US$4.8m) to support smallholder farmers across Africa. As part of the contribution, Rwanda is set to receive NZD 4.2 million (US$3m) in the next three years to 2023, which will enable the organization scale up its support targeting 200,000 smallholder farmers in the country’s rural areas. FtMA is a unique alliance of six organizations with the mission to develop a sustainable and…

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Rwanda’s agricultural exports in second quarter register mixed bag of performance, overall declining by 5.5%

RWANDA – Rwanda earned US$419.1 million from agricultural exports in the 2019/20 fiscal year, 10% down from US$465.4 million recorded in 2018/19. The decline, according to National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB), is attributed to the reduction of cross border trade due to Covid-19 impact including the lockdown measures put in place. Meanwhile, the country’s agriculture exports in the second quarter of 2020/21 ended December fetched US$113.9 million a 5.5% decline from US$120.6 million registered in the same period last year. According to the data from NAEB, export revenues from…

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Bad-weather disrupts construction of US$17.5m solar-powered pineapple drying plant in Rwanda

RWANDA – Establishment of Rwf270 million (US$17.5m) solar-powered pineapple drying factory in Ngoma District, Eastern Province of Rwanda has been disrupted by heavy rains experienced in the region. This comes days after Rwanda Meteorology Agency warned of looming heavy rains, which are rare during this time of the year. According to reports by New Business Rwanda, a section of the wall of the 50% complete facility collapsed causing a major set back on the project which was scheduled to commence operations in August. Despite the unexpected out-come, Mapambano Nyiridandi, the…

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Rwandan agro-processing firm Inyange Industries to pump US$20m in construction of milk powder plant

RWANDA – Inyange Industries, one of the leading food processing companies in Rwanda is seeking to invest US$20.8 million to set up a milk powder plant in Nyagatare District, Northern Rwanda. The proposed plant, according to its parent company Crystal Ventures Ltd (CVL) will have a processing capacity of 500,000 litres of milk a day producing 14,000 tonnes of milk powder and 5,460 tonnes of fat per year. Of the projected investment cost, 72 per cent will be spent on machinery and 28 per cent on land acquisition and construction.…

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Establishment of Rwanda’s first powdered milk plant met with setback due to financial constrains

RWANDA – It’s a year since TRIOMF East Africa, a joint venture firm owned by South African and Rwandan investors in collaboration with dairy farmers in Rwanda through the IAKIB cooperative, unveiled plans of establishing a Rwf37 billion (US$37 million) powder milk processing plant. The project to be located in Gicumbi District, Northern Province of the country was scheduled to commence construction by the end of last year and be completed within a year’s time. However, according to reports by New Times, the dairy farmers who were looking forward to…

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Rwanda launches new solar powered irrigation project to benefit over 24,000 fruit and vegetable farmers

RWANDA – Agricultural activities in Rwanda’s Ngoma District have received a major boost following the launch of a solar irrigation project by the Rwanda Rural Rehabilitation Initiative (Rwarri). According to a statement from Rwarri, the project will be comprised of two solar-powered water pumping stations and two clay stone reservoirs with capacities of 500m3 each. The implementation of the Ngoma solar irrigation project will require an investment of 260 million Rwandan francs (nearly €217,000). The Rwanda Green Fund (Fonerwa) will provide part of the funding, 168 million Rwandan francs (more…

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SKOL Brewery in Rwanda ventures into soft beverage production with launch of new water production line

Company Name: SKOL Brewery Product type: Water Innovation: New product RWANDA – Rwandan beer manufacturer, SKOL Brewery has inaugurated its state-of-the-art water production line with a production capacity of 40,000 bottles of pure mineral water per hour. The launch of the production line coincided with the introduction of its new bottled water brand dubbed Virunga Water coming in two variants i.e. mineral and sparkling water. According to the company, the new product is packed in an eco-friendly returnable glass bottle in line with the country’s law relating to the prohibition of single-use plastic…

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Unilever takes part in expansion of US$20m greenfield tea project in Rwanda

RWANDA – The Government of Rwanda has partnered with Unilever Tea Rwanda and The Wood Foundation Africa (TWFA) to commence the second phase of the Nyaruguru tea project in the Southern province of the country, injecting US$20 million in the developmental initiative. This comes after the successful completion of the first phase of the project which broke ground in 2017 and consisted of a 3,400-hectare smallholder catchment, supported by a dedicated farmer services company which operates an 800-hectare commercial plantation feeding the processing factory operated by Unilever Tea Rwanda. According…

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B2B online supplier Sokowatch deploys use of electric three wheelers in delivery

EAST AFRICA – East African retail tech start-up, Sokowatch has commenced the use of electric tuk tuks in dispatching goods from its warehouses to micro retailers. The Kenya based company has created a platform on which small retailers log orders of various goods to restock their shops. Once the orders are received, Sokowatch then dispatches the goods from its warehouses to the retailers. The company which has been operating for four years, acts as a link between retailers and FMCG companies by negotiating big discounts with manufacturers, who deliver their…

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Rwanda Food and Drugs Authority bans packaging of alcoholic drinks in plastic bottles

RWANDA – Rwanda Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has prohibited the packaging of alcoholic drinks in plastic bottles as they pose a threat to both consumers health and the environment. The directive, according to New Times Rwanda was issued on November 18, 2020, and signed by Dr. Charles Karangwa, Ag. Director-General of Rwanda FDA. Rwanda FDA has highlighted that packaging alcoholic drinks in plastic bottles leads to adulteration as some of those packages are made of chemicals which get re-activated and dissolved in the drink following prolonged exposure to heat…

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