Enterprise Television- Rwanda Coffee Exports Drives up Value
Rwanda coffee farmers for the first time said it exported ten tonnes of roasted coffee beans to the United States.
The National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB) said it is the highest shipment from Rwanda, saying that it adds value to the sector’s development as previously exports were washed green coffee.
The Sales and Marketing Manager at Rwanda farmers Coffee Company (RFCC), Eric Rukwaya, said that if the exports were green coffee, it would have had a value US$42,000 (Rwf35,000,000) compared to U$77,000 (Rwf66, 177,000) generated.
He said that other significant trade volumes of roasted coffee by the RFCC were recorded in 2015 whereby seven tonnes (7Tonnes) were shipped to the United Kingdom.
Report reveals the shipment is the first following a five-year coffee business agreement partnership signed in February 2018 between Rwanda Farmers Coffee Company (RFCC) and the Global Food of USA, facilitated by National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB).
The partnership was developed to support the ‘beyond fair-trade’ business model whereby farmers share in the value of each sales of roasted coffee.
The business partnership between Global Food and RFCC was negotiated beginning 2016 with the terms including the establishment of Global Food operational offices in Kigali to supply of over 36 tonnes of roasted coffee to the American Market.
Rwanda Farmers Coffee Company is a coffee roasting facility located in Kigali with a mission to retain a value from the coffee chain for farmers’ livelihood improvement and Rwanda coffee sector development.
Rukwaya said In 2017, four and half tonnes worth US$36,000 were sold to different international markets, including Germany and South Korea.
“This year, we plan to export a total of 40 tonnes which is expected to generate a total of US$ 320,000 (Rwf 273,600,000)”.
The partnership will not only increase foreign earnings for Rwanda but it will also support 5,452 coffee farmers (36% of which are women) and their families from six cooperatives in the country in the quest to improve their economic and social welfare, he added.
Rukwaya added that with the acquired support of the Export Growth Facility (EGF) of the Development Bank of Rwanda (BRD), Rwanda Farmers Coffee Company will continue to grow its export market of roasted coffee.
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