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Thursday, 03 September 2015

Rwandan Initiative Improves Horticulture Exports

A new initiative aimed at boosting horticulture production, quality and exports has been launched by the National Agricultural Export Board (NAEB) and sector stakeholders. The Rwanda Horticulture Working Group also seeks to attract more private investments into horticulture industry, as well as stimulate dialogue among stakeholders, George William Kayonga, the NAEB chief executive officer, said. According to Kayonga, the group will provide a platform to promote more public-private sector partnerships in the sector to help expand the country's horticultural sector. The initiative is also expected to play a key role in provision of advisory services, especially on best agricultural practices, post harvest handling of fresh produce, and marketing. "This collaborative organisational structure will enhance dialogue and help find ways on how to make the sector more productive and ensure quality along the value chain, which is key to sustainable development of horticulture industry," Kayonga said. According to the National Export Strategy, the horticulture industry is expected to fetch more than $129 million per year by 2018, from current $10 million.

Source: allafrica.com