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Dutch delegation visits vegetable farm in Rwanda

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Thursday, 18 October 2018

Dutch delegation visits vegetable farm in Rwanda

On 4th October 2018, the Agricultural Counselor, Carian Emeka, with a delegation from the Netherlands: A.J.Arno Rohde from the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food quality and Frank Buizer from the Netherland Entreprise Agency (RVO) - visited SUNRIPE farm Ltd, a 7 hectare farm located in the Kayumba cell of Nyamata Sector in Bugesera District, part of the Eastern province of Rwanda. The farm started 3 years ago as a result of the partnership between a Dutch firm (Holland Greentech) and American investors. Its mission is to provide high quality product to the local market and give the market specialty gourmet vegetables and herbs that are often not available locally. Sunripe farm, equipped with a modern drip irrigation with a fertilizer pump system, serve as a demonstration plot for Holland Greentech, where Dutch inputs and Best Practices are showcased for educational training to the farmers in the surrounding communities. This serves as an opportunity to farmers to increase their own production, become equipped with the knowledge to grow organic food as mentioned by William Maccharia, the farm manager. The farm is also involved in cow and chicken rearing as side activities mainly to get manure for crop fertilization. The farm grows a variety of crops including sugar snaps, egg plant, tomatoes, dry green beans, french green beans, green pepper, sweet pepper, oyster mushroom, habonero chili, Swiss chard, leeks, beetroot, broccoli, red cabbage, parsley, Chinese cabbage, and some of the products are exported to Europe. For being able to meet the high standard quality products for their customers, shade nets and greenhouses are being used to grow some of the crops such as sweet peppers (red and yellow).

Source: hortidaily.com