Agribusiness forum to focus on horticulture and tea

The high-level conference on agribusiness slated for November 3rd 2010 has listed horticulture and tea sectors as the priority areas to be discussed, in a move to attract investors. The forum organized by Rwanda Development Board (RDB) Ministry of Agriculture and the World Bank is expected to gather 250 delegates including airliners, importers, bankers and investors.
Fruit farmers are likely to benefits from the deliberations of the forum (File Photo)
Fruit farmers are likely to benefits from the deliberations of the forum (File Photo)

The high-level conference on agribusiness slated for November 3rd 2010 has listed horticulture and tea sectors as the priority areas to be discussed, in a move to attract investors.

The forum organized by Rwanda Development Board (RDB) Ministry of Agriculture and the World Bank is expected to gather 250 delegates including airliners, importers, bankers and investors.

This was mentioned by John Gara Chief Executive Officer of RDB during, a press conference on the up-coming agribusiness forum.

“The forum will unleash the potentials of those sectors by showcasing the various trade and investment opportunities available,” he told the press.

The conference shall also be an opportunity for local producers, foreign buyers, investors, and financiers as well as the donor community to create networks that will stimulate growth and increase trade flows in the sectors.

“We decided to pick particular areas and these areas are of great potential, and anything that can be done to improve horticulture will in the long run positively impact on our population, Gara said.

Rwanda is said to be blessed with abundant rainfall, temperate climate and rich volcanic soils which offer ideal conditions for growing a wide range of fruit and vegetable products.

Gara said that promoting the sectors will not only consider production but also the whole value chain like storage and transportation.

RDB intends to work with local producers to improve both quantity and quality that has been a threat to access international markets.

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