KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
Rwanda expects to promote and encourage
value addition in the tea sector in order to double tea
export volumes and revenues, Agriculture Minister Gerardine Mukeshimana said on Tuesday.
made the remarks at an event marking four-year
achievements of a tea factory in Gicumbi district,
factory is managed by Wood Foundation Africa, a
Scottish-based charity through their regional
philanthropic investment vehicle, East Africa Tea
“We want tea
farmers and investors to focus more on increasing the
volume of tea exports through value addition,
high-quality specialist tea plants and product
diversification,” Mukeshimana said. “The government
embarked on a program to privatize tea estates in order
to improve production output and quality levels in the
She said tea
is one of Rwanda’s biggest foreign exchange earners and
that adding value to the tea produced will double export
volumes and receipts, and cut the country’s trade
diversifying its two main cash crops, tea and coffee, in
a bid to increase exports and achieve its export
promotion strategy and create thousands of jobs, said
reiterated the government’s commitment to prioritizing
investment in the agriculture sector to increase
production and ensure food security.
sector produces an annual 23,000 metric tons of dry tea.
country’s second Economic Development and Poverty
Reduction Strategy, Rwanda targets to increase land for
tea plantations from 25,547 hectares to 38,000 hectares.
the ministry of finance, Rwanda managed to cut its trade
deficit to 885.35 million U.S. dollars as of August
2017, down 24.9 percent from 1179.10 million dollars of
a year ago.