Rwanda: Garlic Farmers Face Severe Losses Amidst Falling Prices

Updated Oct 30, 2020
However, the closure of borders with neighbouring countries in order to contain the spread of Covid-19 affected Rwanda's garlic exports; as a result, farmers now heavily rely on the local market. This, they say, has led to oversupply of garlic and effectively occasioned a drop in prices. A kilogramme of garlic drastically decreased from between Rwf3,000 and Rwf4,000 to between Rwf350 and Rwf700, plunging farmers in enormous losses. "We are counting huge losses," Emmanuel Semugeshi, a garlic farmer from Musanze District told The New Times Since March, Semugeshi planted 1,200 kilogrammes of garlic seeds on two hectares in an investment worth over Rwf4 million. "Currently I am stuck with four tonnes of garlic. The produce is rotting as we do not even have proper storage facilities," he noted. Semugeshi might lose Rwf15 million in potential revenues from over four tonnes. François Hakizimana, another farmer from Nyabihu District, said he has one tonne of garlic but sells a kilogramme ...
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