Rwanda to export grain seeds to DR Congo, Central Africa Republic

Maize (Corn)
Central African Republic
Published Jan 28, 2022

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Rwanda could start exporting different varieties of maize seeds to Central Africa Republic (CAR) and DR Congo, according to the Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB). Rwanda has already shipped samples of seeds for trails in the two central African nations, Patrick Karangwa, Director General of RAB told The New Times.

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"We have already started the adaptability trial phase of the seeds in these countries, so we can see the kind of harvest these seeds yield and how they adapt to the environment in these countries," Karangwa said. DR Congo, he disclosed, is the biggest potential market because it is a big agricultural country and most of the soil type there is like the one in Rwanda. Early this week, Rwandan officials held discussions with their CAR's institute in charge of agriculture to see how the seeds are doing in the country. "These imports could increase the suppliers of seeds we have in the country and even go beyond producing higher amounts of seeds which can lead to high value in our agriculture because seeds have higher value than the actual consumption of the product" he said. The deals, which come in the wake of surplus production of seeds in Rwanda, will certainly improve Kigali's trade balance where imports still outweigh exports. Rwanda now produces twice the amount of maize seeds ...
Source: All Africa
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