From All Africa
People involved in Rwanda’s coffee industry have been asked to keep quality uppermost in their minds as the country tries to increase annual production levels.
Recently, a meeting that brought together all coffee stakeholders in Rwanda and was organized by the National Agricultural Export Board (NAEB) together with the Ministry of Agricultural and Animal Resources (MINAGRI).
Participants were told of the importance of quality coffee production and raising the quantity of coffee produced.
This meeting was presided over by agriculture minister, Agnes Kalibata, together with the NAEB Director General Amb. George William Kayonga. Several agricultural experts also attended.
Addressing people present in the meeting, Kalibata said Rwanda had built a good name in producing quality coffee. She said this was going to continue, with help from all those in the industry from farmer to processor.
“The coffee farmers, plus producers we have now are the ones we had before and the different items needed to produce quality coffee (fertilizers, funding, training) are the ones we used last year. Therefore there is no need not to produce quality coffee even now”, she said.
In the coffee Cup of Excellency awards of 2013, it was noted that less lots of coffee were received which contributed to Rwanda not participating well in the C.o.E competitions.
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