KIGALI, 12 January 2021 – Rwanda’s horticultural exports rose five percent in 2020 compared to 2019, but earnings – in dollar terms – stayed almost flat, according to official data.
The country expoerted 37,343 tonnes of horticulture commodities – vegetables, flowers and fruits – in 2020, up from 31,788 tonnes in 2019, according to the National Agricultural Export Board (NAEB).
The Rwandan treasury bagged $28.7 million (about Rwf27 billion) from the exports, a mere tick upwards compared to $27.1 million earned in 2019.
The Rwandan government in collaboration with NAEB has set a target of generating $130 million in export earnings from horticulture exports by 2024
To grow its export destination, Rwanda’s NAEB last November signed a partnership with Carrefour, a hupremarket and supermarket based in the United Arab Emirates.
With 320 stores in 30 countries across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, Carrefour started last December to bring Rwandan fresh products to its shoppers, estimated at more than 750,000 daily.
Under the partnership, Rwandan farmers will expand the products supplied to this shopping chain to include apples, bananas, pineapples, avocadoes and passion fruits.