KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
Rwanda’s horticultural exports recorded a
significant increase in 2017, a top official of the National
Agricultural Exports Board (NAEB) said on Thursday.
Speaking at a
horticulture event, Bill Kayonga, chief executive officer of the
NAEB, said Rwanda earned 21 million U.S. dollars in revenues
from its horticulture exports in 2017, up from 12 million
dollars in 2016.
sector, that is vegetables, fruits and flowers, in Rwanda
witnessed remarkable progress in recent years,” he said. “From
almost nonexistent five years ago, the sector is now a strong
contributor to Rwanda export base.”
“We are so proud of
the revenues the sector recorded last year,” Kayonga said.
He said the Rwandan
horticulture industry is still not fully tapped and the country
is looking for more investors to explore the young developing
Rwanda targets to
raise the horticulture sector’s annual export earnings to 140
million dollars by 2020, according to the ministry of
agriculture and animal resources.