Farmers’ associations from Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo signed cooperation agreements yesterday in Goma town, Western DRC to improve cross-border trade.
Both parties agreed to partner in the promotion of cross-border trade in agricultural and livestock products.
Christine Murebwayire, representing the association of farmers in Rwanda’s Private Sector Federation explained that they have pledged to share experience in business management and making a joint investment to improve trade.
“It is a great opportunity for Rwanda farmers. DRC has a big market for our produce and livestock products. We hope the agreements will facilitate our business growth,” she said.
DRC is among the countries to which Rwanda exports several merchandise. A recent study of the Ministry of Trade and Industry indicated that 26% of goods are illegally exported within the region, two thirds of which are exported to DRC.
The president of the association of farmers in DRC, Pierre Damien Bivegete said that his country has a lot to learn from Rwanda adding that the agreements bring great opportunities especially for DRC farmers to improve productivity.
“We have a lot to learn from Rwanda. We have resources and we need to maximize opportunities,” he said.