Kenyan floriculture firms eyes Rwanda

Share it

1452625228flowers-of-summer

The local horticulture sector is to a huge boost with the impending entry of Kenya-based firms.Rwanda government  through National Agricultural Export Board (NAEB) is seeking to invest in large-scale horticultural crop production to ensure the country has enough volumes.

A number of Kenyan firms says that the climate in Rwanda favours the growth of flower types attracting high demand on the international market.

Bright Harvest Ltd, is among the new entrants in the floriculture sector, having entered the market at the end of 2015.

The regional firm joined the market couple of weeks after Zedgee Flowers Ltd opened its subdivision Floramatt, in Rwanda.A number are already seeking partnerships in Rwanda.

Kenyan floriculture firms are eyeing to expand in Rwanda due to favourable climate and government incentives aimed at boosting the sector.

“Floriculture is a profitable business and the main attraction for us is Rwanda’s climatic conditions and the enabling government policies,” said Joseph Muganga, the managing director of Bright Harvest Ltd.

Floramatt is looking to tap into a summer flower project growing Mobydick flowers flourish in Rwandan climate, in a bid to meet market demand in Europe.

Simon Ethangatta, a managing consultant with Floramatt, said that a sample grown in Rwanda to test the viability of the projects showed that the shoots harvested in Rwanda are double the size of those harvested in Kenya.

“We want to tap into summer flowers known as Mobydick Flowers, which are also grown in Europe, but we found that the same can flourish here in Rwanda, in terms of quality and quantity, given the hilly terrain,” said Mr Ethangatta.

The Rwandan government has committed to strengthen the sector, through the National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB), which was established 5 years ago to support and promote agricultural exports.

However, commercial flower farmers say that despite NAEB support, the floriculture sector still lacks technical support and inputs which hampers the growth of the sector.

“The main challenge at the moment is the heavy capital investment we make but we cannot get technical expertise to produce flowers that meet export quality standards,” said Mr Muganga.

Rwanda is seeking to invest in modern large-scale horticultural crop production to ensure the country has enough volumes to take advantage of the demand in regional and international markets as well as boost exports.

Tags:

 

About the author

More posts by

 

0 Comments

You can be the first one to leave a comment.

Leave a Comment

 




 

 
 

Warning: Illegal string offset 'id' in /home/wp_ts2em7/rwandaeye.com/wp-content/themes/manifesto/footer.php on line 4

Warning: Illegal string offset 'id' in /home/wp_ts2em7/rwandaeye.com/wp-content/themes/manifesto/footer.php on line 4

Warning: Illegal string offset 'id' in /home/wp_ts2em7/rwandaeye.com/wp-content/themes/manifesto/footer.php on line 4