Musanze: Farmers told to increase wheat production to meet high demand on market
Emmanuel Hategeka, permanent secretary in the ministry of trade and industry has asked wheat growers in Musanze district to increase production and meet the increased market demands.
Hategeka said this during the meeting he had with wheat growers in Musanze district.
During the meeting, the permanent secretary told them that a AZAM (Tanzanian company working in Rwanda) will require much wheat produce compared to what is being harvested in Rwanda.
Jacqueline Nyiranzirorera, a wheat grower says that steady market availability will encourage them to grow more wheat since they are assured of selling at a raised price.
“We are going to consolidate our wheat harvests and establish collection sites where AZAM factory will be buying wheat from,” she explains.
The vice mayor for economic affairs in Musanze district, Jerome Mugenzi asserts that farmers cannot achieve this without the support of local authorities.
Emmanuel Hategeka, assured wheat growers that AZAM intends to buy their produce for a long time and that the government will advocate for them so that their produce is bought at fair prices.
This plan that will see residents get between Rwf200 and Rwf300 a kilogram depending on the quality of the wheat will reduce importing wheat from Uganda in a short time.
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