Rwandan Govt targets $100 million from floriculture, horticulture exports

NAEB chief executive George W. Kayonga (L) chats with Nsanganira at the meeting. (T. Kisambira)

The Rwandan Government is targeting $104 million annually from floriculture and horticulture sector by 2018, up from current $10 million, Tony Nsanganira, the state minister for agriculture, has said.

He was speaking at a meeting with investors from Japan and session on Japan floriculture experimental study that seeks ways to boost flower growing in the country.

“The government had already started growing flowers and horticulture in Gishari centre and few private investors have come on board in Rulindo District, but floriculture is the sector where we have not yet generated any profits. We need more investors to develop the sector,” Nsanganira said.

“Because floriculture requires high technology and investment in transport, harvesting and storage, farmers would embrace the practice once they are trained and supported by the investors,” he added.

According to the minister, flower products are still few compared to horticulture but past experience and challenges could be foundation of progress.

Source: The New Times




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