Rwanda to build first Avocado factory

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By Daniel Sabiiti

ovacadoRwanda will start processing avocado based products by 2019 according to the new Huye district plan fiscal year 2016/ 2017.

This will be the first factory of its kind in the country and is expected to boost the economy, provide jobs to many citizens as the district plans to become one of the best implementers of performance contracts.

The district Mayor Eugène Kayiranga Muzuka, said that a public tender will be rolled out this year and the construction of the factory will commence in 2017 as a way of meeting the target timeline.

“The factory will be able to process soap, wine, oil, Vaseline. We have not yet estimated how much it will cost, but the raw materials are available among the community farmers” Muzuka said.

Huye district emerged among the third best performing districts out of the 30 district during the recent evaluation of the 2015/16 performance contracts, which President Paul Kagame has promised to personally evaluate in future.

Huye farmers are in high gear preparations ahead of the construction of the avocado factory, and some have already started planting the Hass and Fuerte Avocado trees for the plantation.

“We are already receiving free stems for the avocado trees. This is a good starting point for us farmers and we are all set to focus of this project to benefit from supplying raw avocados to the plant” said Goreti Kayirere, one of the avocado farmers in Huye district.

Rwanda may also have to use the advantage of raw materials from Burundi, which holds the largest growth of avocado trees in the region.

Burundi has planted eight million trees to date and it is hoped that it will become a major exporter of avocado products in East Africa.

Market prices for avocados have since gone down from 300 to 150 Burundian francs (20 to 10 US cents)



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