Polish investors have considered Rwanda as the African country that is suitable for Agriculture investment.
This was said by a group of investors and Members of Parliament from Poland who came in Rwanda last week to explore investment opportunities in the agriculture among other sectors, mentioning that Rwanda is an area of expertise in terms of investment in agriculture.
Their visit to Rwanda was organized by Rwanda Development Board to enable the 10 people who made the team to review the opportunities in the country, and specifically in Agriculture.
They came by their respective companies that are made of agriculture sector in value addition, machinery, and mechanization as well as food production, plus solar energy sector.
Poland is known for expertise and capacity in the industrial sector, specifically manufacturing as well as value addition and exports of food to most of Central and Eastern Europe.
Jakub Jazdon, a member of the delegation, is the founder of Onix, one of the largest value addition firms in Poland that processes over 100,000 tonnes of vegetables annually. Speaking to The Nerw Times, he said that they are keen on diversifying into Africa and were considering the suitability of Rwanda.
He said that Rwanda has various opportunities in the agriculture sector as well as value addition, which among other aspects; require investors with experience and modern approaches.
Jazdon noted that they need potential exports to Poland from Rwanda; which are not readily available in their market. Among the products so far identified, he said, include coffee, fruits and spices.
He said that they have seen many aspects to boost agriculture productivity by using better technology and capacity if applied in the country.
The Polish delegation also showed interest in Gabiro Agribusiness Hub Project (GAHP), a commercial agricultural ecosystem developing an advanced modern value chain of approximately 15,600 hectares of arable land.
Killion Munyama, a Member of Parliament and the Chairperson of the parliamentary team on Africa who was part of the delegation, said that data collection and making connections to be able to pursue investment opportunities are very paramount.
He said gave an example of how the entrance of American fast food outlet KFC to the country is an opportunity as the outlet is currently importing inputs, including chicken and potatoes.
“This presents an opportunity for local farmers and producers.” Killion noted.
The Express News