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Rwanda : African Diaspora keen to invest in Rwanda's agriculture sector.

A delegation of African Diaspora based in the US has announced it is keen to invest in Rwanda's agriculture industry.

The 10-man group held a meeting with the Minister of State for Agriculture, Tony Nsanganira, on Wednesday at the ministry head offices to discuss opportunities in sericulture, fish farming, fruit processing, agro-export business, and animal feeds production.

Nsanganira told the group that government wanted to partner with investors in floriculture projects like the Gishwari flower park in Rwamagana District, where the government has already acquired 100 hectares of land to produce cut roses targeting the export market. Of these, nearly 35 hectares are undergoing development under the pilot phase of the pro ject that is expected to start flower exports soon.

The minister also said there is also massie potential for horticulture-oriented businesses, ranging from cultivation of vegetables like French beans, snow peas, chillies, okra, hot pepper, to fruits like avocado, bananas, passion fruits, tamarillo, and spices including ginger, and turmeric.

Nsanganira noted that about 80% of the identified production zones exist within 100km of the Kigali International Airport.

He said that an opportunity exists for the local production of vegetable seeds.

He added that there is already a seed processing plant in the Kigali Special Economic Zone in Nyandungu sector, Gasabo District.

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