The sector employs 80% of the population and contributes 33% of GDP growth;
- Agriculture is the backbone and key component of Rwanda’s fast growing economy
- In recent years, the sector has gained significant growth from 4.5% to 6% per annum and is gradually shifting from subsistence to a market-oriented model.
- The Government has allocated 13% of the National budget to boost productivity and ensure food security.
- Increasing trends have been recorded in recent years in production of food crops and clash crops, attributed to the crop intensification program launched in 2007
- The crop intensification program aims to increase agricultural productivity in high potential food crops namely maize, potatoes, wheat, beans, peas, cassava and soya.
- The program has enormous potential to increase investment opportunities, especially in improved seeds, fertilizer, pesticides, crop processing, and farm equipment.
- Additionally, the government has developed several irrigation sites and private investors are encouraged to own them through leasing, purchase, or to partner
- with government for management.
Market access for agriculture inputs:
Rwanda’s geographical location offers unique opportunity for
Its strategic location allows easy access to markets in regional countries including Uganda, Tanzania, Eastern DR Congo, burundi and other regional markets.
For domestic and international markets. staple foods with significant potential for growth include beans, rice, maize and potatoes.
In the bid to boost the country’s exports, Rwanda presents enormous opportunities in the highly competitive commodities such as; French beans, peas, horticulture specialties – baby corn, chilli, mini leek, African eggplants, mushrooms and herbs – Exotic fruits growing, especially apples, bananas, passion fruits, avocados, as well as flower growing.
Washing and roasting opportunities as premium
coffee harvests grow.
Irrigation and sale of agricultural equipment for large- scale farming.
DISTRIBUTION AND COLD CHAIN:
Need for improved infrastructure for export products.
Large-scale farms, slaughter houses and export of meat and feed mills
For meat exports
Cold chain, processing of UHT milk, yoghurt, cheese, butter etc