Rwanda targets exporting 80% as washed coffee by 2018

Published by Théophile Niyitegeka
On 4 November 2016 saa 08:06
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Rwanda’s National Agricultural Export Board (NAEB) has unveiled a plan to increase washed coffee exports from the current 50% to 80% of coffee harvest by 2018.

This was revealed yesterday during the closure of Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) Project dubbed “Sustainable Credit Guarantee Scheme to Promote Scaling up/out of Enhanced Coffee Processing Practices in Ethiopia and Rwanda,” which has been operating in Rwanda since 2011.

Dr Celestin Gatarayiha, the Head of the coffee chain division at NAEB explained that the project was meant to support farmers’ cooperatives to access bank loans.

“The project offered 50% of loan guarantee to cooperatives of coffee farmers having coffee processing plants to access loans from Rwanda Development Bank and Banque Populaire du Rwanda. The grant received from the banks is supposed to capacitate them to effectively use their plants to the extent that 80% of coffee harvest will be washed for exportation by 2018,” he said.

Dr Gatarayiha explained that the country has the capacity of exporting the quantity of 50% processed by the end of 2015; expect 60% by the end of 2016 and 70% in 2017.

He said that the project trained more than 600 coffee farmers in coffee processing methods and better use of their plants to match with the country’s target to have the best coffee product.

CFC project supported 20 cooperatives from various districts of Rwanda and Ethiopia.

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A woman harvesting coffee