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AGROPLAST survives COVID 19 drastic effects following One Acre Fund Tubura’s Planting Sockets production tender


The Management of AGROPLAST Ltd has applauded One Acre Fund Tubura for the tender of producing planting sockets that will be utilized in tree seeds production as One Acre Fund continues partnering with the Rwandan government to provide background support for their incredible nationwide farmer outreach programs.

TUBURA is a nonprofit agriculture organization based in Rubengera that offers farming inputs and training on credit to smallholder farmers.

The organization offers farmers’ high-quality fertilizer, travertine (lime), improved maize seed, climbing and bush bean seed, and vegetable seeds.

As time for seeds production is approaching, TUBURA has recently awarded a tender for the production of planting sockets to AGROPLAST Ltd which is the outstanding Rwandan Plastic Recycling Packaging Manufacturer operating in Kicukiro District.

The tender which was awarded to AGROPLAST Ltd on a competitive basis has protected the company from suspending its employees’ contracts which was likely to happen due to the COVID 19 impacts on the company’s financial means.

Leon Nduwayezu, The Company’s CEO speaking to media. FILE PHOTOS

Speaking to TOPAFRICANEWS, Leon Nduwayezu, Chief Executive Officer revealed that “As COVID 19 was having negative impacts on our business, we were fortunate with TUBURA’s tender which allowed to keep our employees as well as to hire new 40 young people for a part time job in the production of the planting sockets to be used by TUBURA in seeds production.”

He added that “apart from the tender for planting sockets, TUBURA has also tasked us to produce Envelops for fertilizers during the same period we were facing COVID 19 impacts.”

It’s undeniable that coronavirus has negatively impacted businesses all over the world including Rwandan Businesses.

Many businesses shut down while others struggled to maintain their stability even if it was not easy.

AGROPLAST is a full-time recycling company that disquiets about environmental protection. It rose as a result of the dumping ground, which was inbuilt within Kigali during 2007. The founder, Leon Nduwayezu, began collecting plastic wastes with the purpose of modifying them into new materials that can be utilized for productive use in the Rwandan marketplace. Agroplast was founded in 2015 and is currently producing tubes for greenhouse plants and trash bags out of recycled plastic.

Mr. Nduwayezu said “We were about to temporarily close during the COVID 19 pandemic and fortunately we got a tender from TUBURA which enabled us to keep our business opening.”

However, Nduwayezu noted that like other people in Business, his company also was affected and based on experience got during the pandemic, “We are looking on possible solution to overcome those challenges caused on us, while at the same time looking for regional market which will help us to fill the bottlenecks inherited from the COVID 19”.

Founded in 2007 in Rwanda, One Acre Fund-TUBURA is an agricultural development organisation serving 465,000 farm families from 27 districts.

It provides farmers with the services they need to increase their yield and improve their quality of life including quality farm inputs for voluntary purchase to farmers.


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