Export Growth Facility To Help Coffee Farmers Boost Productivity

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Local coffee exporters will access EUR 8.5 million in a new aid grant to the Rwanda’s Export growth facility. The growth body designs and implements strategies to boost exports from the small central African country to markets abroad.

The Ministry of Trade, Industry and East African Community Affairs (MINEACOM) organized a an export conference in collaboration with the Private Sector Federation (PSF) Last November.

During the conference, 19 export companies, from different trades, such as textiles, mining, tea and coffee signed a memorandum of understanding with MINEACOM on new objectives to boost the country’s exports revenues.

A Japanese delegation of coffee roasters and investors visited Rwanda earlier this year to grow trade between the two countries.

Rwanda’s coffee export revenues dropped by 5.17 per cent to $60.7 million from $64.03 million in 2014-2015 as a new National Agricultural Export Board (NAEB) report indicates. This represents a decline of over $3 million in revenue.

There was a drop in coffee beans prices due to overflowing supply. Prices plunged $3.87 per kilogramme during the year 2014 to 2015 coffee year to about $3 per kilo in 2016.

Despite the price drop, the export volumes increased from 19.6 million kilos in the same year from 16.5 million kilogrammes.

Coffee production also increased from 16.9 million kilos during to 20.03 million kilos in the last year until June 30.

“We have registered an 18 per cent increase in production, representing an additional 3.1 million kilogrammes,” NAEB said in a statement.

The coffee business has an encouraged a sophisticated and reliable ecosystem in Rwanda from farmers, to washers and engineers and salesmen. Major trade countries include 42 percent of exports to Switzerland, 12.4 per cent to the United Kingdom, and 20.9 percent to the United States. South Africa takes 5.8 percent of the beans, 0.5 percent go to Germany, and 1.5 percent to South Korea.

More than 400,000 Rwandans earn their livelihood from coffee farming.

 

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