Rwanda earned nearly Rwf1.4 billion from cereal exports last week, according to the National Agricultural Export Board (NAEB) weekly report. Over 3.9 million kilogrammes of cereals, including maize flour, wheat, rice and sorghum, were exported during the December 11–15 week, generating over $1.6 million (about Rwf1.4 billion) income, the NAEB report shows.
During the reporting period, the country produced 302 metric tonnes of coffee, 297 metric tonnes of which were exported to bring in $697,370 in revenue. The report shows that over 81.1 metric tonnes of fruits and vegetables worth $102,499 were also exported, while a shipment of 201,550 flower stems earned the country $22,823.
According to NAEB, 30,408 kilogrammes of dairy products were exported, realising $49,548 in revenues, and 50,391 kilogrammes of hide and skins worth $91,086 were shipped out, while 736 live animal exports brought in $152,668 into the country coffers.
The report indicates that over 1,686 kilogrammes of silk cocoons have been produced since July 2017, while a total of 75 metric tonnes of dried pyrethrum flowers were supplied, adding that 556 metric tonnes of tea were produced during the reporting period.
Meanwhile, fertiliser application in coffee farms has reached 98.6 per cent (as of December 15) after 4,745 tonnes of fertilisers were applied in different districts of the country, according to NAEB.
The agro-exports body indicates that about 75 per cent of coffee plantations across the country were sprayed with pesticides during the past week.