The Rwandan horticultural sector currently contributes about 50 per cent of non-traditional exports, according to the Rwanda Development Board (RDB). However, the government has an ambitious plan to position horticulture as one of the sectors to help grow the country’s export revenues.
At the same time however, farmers engaged in the production of a variety of vegetables and fruits say that the lack of reliable and sustainable market continues to undermine horticulture farming.
Most hotels countrywide still heavily rely on imported vegetables and fruits from the region and beyond, despite local farmers having tried to increase their production and supply to the domestic market.
Rwanda’s horticulture exports are dominated by onion, fresh beans, fresh peas, tomato and cabbage.
The Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya and Uganda are the top regional destinations for the country’s horticulture products, but the country also exports to Europe and the Middle East.