President Paul Kagame of Rwanda has described as senseless and detrimental to the local economy, the export of unprocessed food crops such as coffee and tea to Europe, in a speech at the just concluded 2018 Africa Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), a platform for global and African leaders to develop actionable plans that will move the continent’s agriculture forward.
On making African agriculture much more productive, President Kagame stated that at the national level, Africa must cultivate the political and scientific leadership, required to create an enabling environment that will unleash the enormous potential of the agricultural sector.
“How can we blame anybody for importing coffee from Europe, when we produce Coffee but we don’t process. Germany and France doesn’t grow coffee and tea.
Why do we have to transport our coffee, our tea to Europe? You give it some blessing, then send it back to us and we pay ten times more, it just doesn’t make sense. We have been shipping value for free to the other end and we pay heavily. It just doesn’t make sense and we all know it.” President Kagame said.
It was a full house at the Ministerial Roundtable with over 20 ministers of Agriculture from across Africa, plus leaders of the development community and private sector together deliberating on how to improve the Agriculture sector from subsistence to a booming business sector.
Dr. Agnes Kalibata, President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa and Prof. Eugene Kandel, CEO of Start Up Nation Central, which connects business and government leaders with the people and technologies that can solve their most pressing challenges, also signed a letter of intent at the AGRF2018 to facilitate the implementation of Israeli agricultural technology in Africa.
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