The government is opportunistic the ambitious horticulture target by 2018 would be meant banking on the new initiatives within the sector.
The country’s fragile sector is expected to collect $104 million annually in export earnings by 2018 up from the current $10 m, a target seen to increase the country’s limping export receipts.
“We are looking for more investors to invest in the sector.” said Tony Nsanganira, state minister for Agriculture on Wednesday adding horticulture has been identified as the potential area to boost export.
The county plans to increase exports by 28 percent every year if it is to reduce the trade deficit that stood at 6.8 percent in the second half of 2015.
“We have now markets in the European market because our products meet the standards for the market,” said Christine Murebwayire, head of the agriculture chamber at private sector federation-PSF.
Murebwayire says horticulture farmers are now able to ensure quality and safety in the value chain which adds value to the products.
The government is looking at boosting fruit and vegetable farming while also on the other hand increasing investment in the floriculture after investing over $218 million in the last four years with a plan of increasing the production from 1.4 million stems of summer flowers annually.
Recently, Japanese investors were given a lime light to invest in floriculture in Musanze district targeting sales worth $ 11 million every year in the next five years on a 70 hectare land.
“We intend to grow five varieties of flowers which will be produced for exports,” said Shungo HARADA, the managing director of Bloom Hills Rwanda Ltd.
According to 2013 Rwanda Horticulture organization’s survey, the country provides potential in horticulture production with Northern Province producing Rwf500 million in fruits per year while Rwf3.3 billion is generated from Vegetables in Western and Southern provinces.