Rwandan avocado exports to grow exponentially by 2026

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Rwandan avocado exports to grow exponentially by 2026

Rwanda could become the next international player in avocado exports, with volumes projected to upwards 16,000 tons per year by 2026, according to grower and exporter Souk Farms.

Agriculture is at the backbone of Rwanda’s economic activity, and roughly 70% of the community is engaged in the sector, FAO reports. 

Overall, around 72% of Rwanda’s working population is employed in farming and related activities. 

The sector accounts for 33% of the national GDP. According to Souk Farms, horticultural exports have been steadily growing over the last decade and are now established in addition to tea and coffee, which are commodities traditionally shipped by the country. 

The increase in fruit and vegetable exports is mainly driven by avocado, french beans, bird eye chillies, and habanero chillies.  

"For avocado, Rwanda’s export could increase by over 600% to 16,000 tons per year by 2026 based on trees planted to date. The same applies to other vegetables such as chillies and french beans, which are seeing strong growth of upwards of 30% annually” said Seun Rasheed, CEO of Souk Farms.

The executive explains that, although Rwanda is an emerging country in the international agricultural market, as their horticulture and agriculture exports date less than 10 years, favorable climatic conditions are a competitive advantage.

The country’s supportive government policies have strengthened their position and rewarded the efforts of farmers and the government to promote agribusiness.

We produce throughout the year and have the capacity to supply the international market on a stable basis, in addition to the fact that our production costs remain lower despite recent increases,” Rasheed added.

Good agricultural practices are also of great importance for Rwandans, as the country actively works towards sustainability.

“We have seen the effects of the economic and environmental situation on several countries, and we learn the right lessons to make our agriculture sustainable. We are increasingly adopting irrigation, energy, and fertilization systems that strengthen our resilience to crises," said Rasheed.

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