On October 11th 2012, Inyange industries agreed with fruit farmers cooperatives in Gakenke district to buy their passion fruits produce at Rwf500 per kilo.
Jean Marie Vianney Munyaneza, a Horticulture International market Officer at NAEB
Jean Marie Vianney Munyaneza, a Horticulture International market Officer at NAEB (National Agriculture Export Board) highlighted that residents will benefit from the agreement since they will be growing fruits assured of the market.
It’s beneficial because you will be getting money at once, increase the productivity of the fruits to satisfy the Industry, Munyaneza advised.
“This agreement will improve on our social development because we have been selling our produce at low prices,” farmers said in the meeting.
Claudien Maruhanya, Head of COVAFGA cooperative for pineapples and passion fruit growers revealed that as cooperatives, the agreement will help them to identify what they grow best and how much produce they get out of it. Munyaneza asked cooperative leaders to mobilize other farmers and explain to them on the agreement with Inyange industries.
Farmers were advised not to view cooperatives as the source of medical insurance (mutuelle de santé) but as an investment that pays school fees in addition to giving them everything they want in life.
After understanding the importance of farmers’ forum, farmers agreed to form a fruit grower’s cooperatives forum on October 25th 2012, during the signing of the agreement with Inyange Industries.
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