In Rwanda, the construction of the Kigali Wholesale Market for fresh produce has yet again been put on hold. The government is said to still be looking for sources of financing. The project would seek to provide new services like cleaning, grading, possibly drying, and cold storage that increases product life and reduce the loss of unsold products. With the capacity to handle 180,000 tons of fruits and vegetables every year, the market was expected to serve some 100 wholesalers.
The project, to be constructed in two phases, will cost Rwf29.5 billion (€24 mln). However, the proposed budget for the fiscal year 2021/22 shows its implementation will be delayed further. The final budget is yet to be presented to parliament.
The first phase of the market, which is to be constructed at the Kigali Special Economic Zone in Gasabo District, was to be complete and operational by 2018. However, the project faced a series of postponements owing to a combination of financial constraints and delays in fine-tuning the project designs.
During last month’s budget hearing, officials from the Ministry of Agriculture told parliament that the lack of financial commitment from the government could make it impossible to secure funding from development partners.
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