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Wood processors to be acquainted with modern technologies

By IGIHE
On 12 June 2021 at 01:06

The National Industrial Research and Development Agency (NIRDA) in partnership with the German Agency for International Cooperation or (GIZ) have launched a programme aimed at supporting projects, cooperatives, large, small and medium enterprises involved in wood processing value chain through intensive training to update them with latest technologies and link them to markets.

Approximately 100 entrepreneurs will benefit from the program every year.

Beneficiaries will be segmented into two categories with the first including startups to be offered business incubation programs, facilitated to acquire equipment and linked to financial institutions among others.

The second category includes entrepreneurs with wood processing enterprises that have been operating for over 12 months.

The two-year project will be implemented through “ICON Institute” and “NIRAS IP Consult” companies from Germany expected bring experts in wood processing and project management.

Jean Claude Rwubahuka, the Head of Incubation/Acceleration Facility at ICON-Institute has told IGIHE that the application is open for interested entrepreneurs from 10th to 25th June 2021 via provided website link nirda.gov.rw

“The support is meant to enhance productivity and competitiveness of wood processing firms. We shall equip entrepreneurs with technical know-hows, project management among other relevant skills to grow businesses,” said Rwubahuka.

The research carried out by NIRDA in 2019 identified gaps in timber processing industry related to quality standards, lack of environment friendly practices and use of outdated technology among others.

Enterprises involved in wood processing are set to benefit from two-year programme.

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