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March 28, 2011

New Rwanda cassava factory nears completion

by Daniel Sabiiti

A new cassava processing plant in Rwanda's Ruhango district, worth Rwf5billion, is expected to boost economic activity, once complete in September.

The plant will have the capacity to process 250 tonnes of raw cassava and produce 60 tonnes of cassava flour on a daily basis.

Rwanda Development Bank (BRD) is funding the project.

According to Jack Kayonga, the BRD Managing Director, the state-of the-art facility will benefit both the residents and the country’s economy.

“The factory will increase the residents’ incomes and provide market for the local cassava farmers,” Kayonga said. “This is a step towards development and will enable Rwanda to compete in the regional market and reduce dependence on imported cassava products,” he added.

The Local leaders noted that the plant will buy cassava from farmers in other districts, including Ruhango, Kamonyi, Bugesera and Nyanza.

The cassava plant will create 68 full time jobs and many other temporary ones.

The New Times

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