Rwanda will host a regional horticulture summit from November 25 to 27.

The three-day event will be held under theme: “Promoting Innovation and Trade in Horticulture.”

The event will bring together over 300 different stakeholders and partners from the Netherlands and other African countries such as Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and DR Congo.

According to Christine Murebwayire, the chairperson of agriculture and livestock chamber at the private sector federation (PSF), the event will be an opportunity for Rwandan fruit and vegetable farmers to improve their skills through presentations and discussions.

“Participants will exchange information, make deals and improve the agribusiness innovations in order to enhance market access. The country will benefit a lot from it in terms of investment and market linkages,” Murebwayire says.

During the event, farmers will showcase innovative horticulture products and services at Gikondo expo grounds.

The event is organized by the national agricultural export development board (NAEB) in partnership with Rwanda horticulture inter-professional organization (RHIO) and PSF among other stakeholders.

Horticulture products include vegetables such as tomatoes and green paper, French beans, chilli, carrots, hot paper, etc.

Fruits that are majorly exported include avocadoes, mangoes, pineapples, passion fruits, bananas, and strawberry, nuts, Macadamia nuts and ground nuts.

Herbs and spices include lemon, parsley, spicy grass, ginger and garlic among others.

The biggest foreign market of Rwanda’s horticulture products is in the Netherlands, followed by France
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