July 15, 2024


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NAEB Launches Project to Boost Agricultural Exports

The National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB) has launched a new project aimed at enhancing the capacity of smallholder farmers to increase the production of exports. The PSAC project (Promoting Smallholder Agro-Export Competitiveness Project) was officially launched in Ruhango District on June 11, 2024.

The six-year project is designed to address challenges faced by small farmers cultivating export crops such as coffee, tea, fruits, and flowers.

By implementing modern techniques and replacing old trees with new ones, the project aims to improve the quality of products produced by these farmers, enabling them to compete effectively in international markets.

Mr. Nyiringabo Jean Marie, who heads the PSAC project at NAEB, emphasized that the primary goal of the project is to uplift small farmers, particularly women and youth, out of poverty.

By selecting crops that are resilient to climate change and providing support along the value-added export chain, the project aims to increase the income of these farmers and enhance their market access.

The project will also align with existing agricultural export policies and facilitate trade for participating farmers.

Agricultural exporters have expressed optimism about the project, citing its potential to alleviate challenges faced by farmers and improve market access for their produce.

For example, Bikorimana Evariste, a member of the Arabica Coffee Cooperative in Ruhango District, noted that accessing quality coffee seeds had been a challenge for some members, but with the project’s support, this issue has been resolved. Similarly, Manirakiza Damien from Huye District highlighted the difficulties in finding markets for their produce, especially avocados, and expressed hope that the project would address this issue.

The PSAC project will be implemented in 14 districts across Rwanda, selected based on their suitability for growing targeted crops and the prevalence of poverty in these districts.

By empowering smallholder farmers and enhancing their productivity and market access, NAEB aims to boost Rwanda’s agricultural exports and improve the livelihoods of rural communities.

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