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Thursday, 09 February 2017

French beans offer new opportunity for Rwandan ag exports

Proxifresh Rwanda, has been exporting French beans since 2014. The Mauritian company, was the first firm to engage in exporting Rwanda grown French beans, according to the National Agriculture Exports Development Board (NAEB). While they were alone in the export of French beans for a while, Nsanzabaganwa said two more companies; Garden Fresh and Nature (Fresh Food), have since embraced the French bean export business as well. Information from NAEB shows that the beans are currently exported to France and the UK and that in November 2016, a sample of the beans was sent to the United Arab Emirates in a bid to explore the Middle East market. Poxifresh said their overall exports last year were 200 tonnes but added that they should increase to around 300 tonnes this year. "When we started in 2014, it was really hard to get the supply of beans in Rwanda. Thanks to the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) and the NAEB, production growth was supported by identifying farmers and land," Ruti said, adding that there is no longer the issue of a supply gap, given their export market. The 2015 Statistical Yearbook shows that French bean exports were 2,939 kilogrammes in 2014-2015 and generated $12,574 (about Rwf10 million). The subsequent year, according to NISR, French bean exports grew to 119,899 kilogrammes generating $210,982 (about Rwf168 million) in 2015/16.