According to the National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB), by 2024, the nation of Rwanda wants to increase its Agro-export earnings to a total of U$ 1 billion. CEO of the NAEB, Bill Kayonga, made these remarks while presenting the Board’s Strategic Business Plan 2019-2024 to the key partners in the sector currently gathered in Rwanda’s capital Kigali. The NAEB hopes that this gathering succeeds in creating a common understanding on priority programs and activities needed to achieve an ambitious goal of $1 billion in agri-export revenues by 2024.
Rwanda’s principal agricultural exports are coffee, tea, and some value-added agricultural products such as canned tomatoes, honey, French beans, passion fruit, macadamia and mushrooms. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, the country exported a total of more than $465 million worth of agriculture products last year. Under the new strategic plan, the country wants to push it to a $1 billion worth of agro exports.
Last year, the country in conjunction with USAID sponsored a study that identified priority areas that offered potential opportunities especially fresh crops such as passion fruit, snow peas, chili and mushroom. The same study also identified opportunities in input provision, crop aggregation for export and cold chain logistics provision.
Rwanda also intends to increase the extent of cultivated land under irrigation, while importing increased amounts of inputs, such as seeds, fertilizers, and small-scale machinery, to achieve its value-added agricultural development goals.