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The Tea Stakeholder’s Meeting

The National Agricultural Export Development Board organized the general Assembly of the tea stakeholders at NAEB’s head offices chaired by the Interim Chairperson of the Rwanda Tea Association Mr. Niyibizi Bonaventure.

Among the issues discussed were the approval of the legal statute of the Rwanda Tea Association, election of Rwanda Tea Association committee, validation of the National Tea Policy and Regulations, seedlings preparation and the Fertilizer fund.

 This meeting was officially opened by the Director General NAEB Amb. George William Kayonga and thanked everyone for honoring the invitation.

The Director General of NAEB briefly emphasized on the importance of having a Rwandan Tea Association to promote the tea industry in Rwanda.

He further stated that stakeholders need an association as an umbrella and platform to discuss the sector related issues and advocate for sector development and growth, share knowledge and experience. Rwanda should be aggressive on market and attract customers from different markets other than Mombasa Tea Auction.  Therefore, it is imperative to share information among stakeholders. He urged the private to actively involve and engage in the activities related to sector development and sustainability. 

The DG NAEB took an opportunity to share with stakeholders some of the key activities of the year 2014 – 2015 in the tea sector. And these include, with the support of the PRICE Project, NAEB will plant 15,000 ha of the new tea plantation maintain them for three years and then hand them over to …., there will be support of sheeting and tubing from NAEB to the Tea Factories and Cooperatives to produce their own seedlings, Sensitize tea growers to apply 6,000 MT of Mineral fertilizers, train tea growers through Farmer Field School (FFS) for 47,000 farmers focusing on improving plucking and support the tea growers with 5 agricultural tractors.

Regarding the approval of the Statute of the Rwanda Tea Association, the members who attended the General Assembly, analyzed the constitution article by article, made suggestions and amendments of the constitution proposal. With the majority consensus, the members approved the constitution and asked the executive committee to be elected to submit the constitution to relevant administrative organs for approval to get legal personality.

There followed electing of the Committee members of Rwanda Tea Association composed of the chairman Mr. Jotherm Majyalibu, Vice chairman Mr. Munyemana Jean, secretary Mr. David Mutangana, Treasury Mr. Vijith Jayasekera, and three Advisors. Mr. Rihith Peiris, Mrs. Mukarugwiza  Thabita and Mr. Sanjay Kumar.

For the seedling preparations, It was agreed that it should be particularly the responsibility of private sector and the government should intervene for support and provide know how to assist tea growers and factories. The participants were requested to work together to make sure that the seedlings preparation is effectively coordinated at the all level of stakeholders. Additionally, each stakeholder should have a clear plan for seedlings preparations. 

The Fertilizer Fund is five year old and was created with the initiative of the former OCIR Thé after the privatization of tea factories, and is being managed by the joint committee composed of Rwanda Mountain Tea, FERWACOTHE and NAEB. 

Stakeholders were informed about the current price of fertilizer NPK25-5-5+S3 to be used in Season A of 2015 and requested to deposit money on the bank account of Fertilizer Fund located in COGEBANQUE depending on the requested amount of fertilizer, not later than Tuesday 29th July 2014 so that the fertilizer could be available on time (before September 2014). 

The National Agricultural Export Development Board organized the general Assembly of the tea stakeholders at NAEB’s head offices chaired by the Interim Chairperson of the Rwanda Tea Association Mr. Niyibizi Bonaventure.

Among the issues discussed were the approval of the legal statute of the Rwanda Tea Association, election of Rwanda Tea Association committee, validation of the National Tea Policy and Regulations, seedlings preparation and the Fertilizer fund.

 This meeting was officially opened by the Director General NAEB Amb. George William Kayonga and thanked everyone for honoring the invitation.

The Director General of NAEB briefly emphasized on the importance of having a Rwandan Tea Association to promote the tea industry in Rwanda.

He further stated that stakeholders need an association as an umbrella and platform to discuss the sector related issues and advocate for sector development and growth, share knowledge and experience. Rwanda should be aggressive on market and attract customers from different markets other than Mombasa Tea Auction.  Therefore, it is imperative to share information among stakeholders. He urged the private to actively involve and engage in the activities related to sector development and sustainability. 

The DG NAEB took an opportunity to share with stakeholders some of the key activities of the year 2014 – 2015 in the tea sector. And these include, with the support of the PRICE Project, NAEB will plant 15,000 ha of the new tea plantation maintain them for three years and then hand them over to …., there will be support of sheeting and tubing from NAEB to the Tea Factories and Cooperatives to produce their own seedlings, Sensitize tea growers to apply 6,000 MT of Mineral fertilizers, train tea growers through Farmer Field School (FFS) for 47,000 farmers focusing on improving plucking and support the tea growers with 5 agricultural tractors.

Regarding the approval of the Statute of the Rwanda Tea Association, the members who attended the General Assembly, analyzed the constitution article by article, made suggestions and amendments of the constitution proposal. With the majority consensus, the members approved the constitution and asked the executive committee to be elected to submit the constitution to relevant administrative organs for approval to get legal personality.

There followed electing of the Committee members of Rwanda Tea Association composed of the chairman Mr. Jotherm Majyalibu, Vice chairman Mr. Munyemana Jean, secretary Mr. David Mutangana, Treasury Mr. Vijith Jayasekera, and three Advisors. Mr. Rihith Peiris, Mrs. Mukarugwiza  Thabita and Mr. Sanjay Kumar.

For the seedling preparations, It was agreed that it should be particularly the responsibility of private sector and the government should intervene for support and provide know how to assist tea growers and factories. The participants were requested to work together to make sure that the seedlings preparation is effectively coordinated at the all level of stakeholders. Additionally, each stakeholder should have a clear plan for seedlings preparations. 

The Fertilizer Fund is five year old and was created with the initiative of the former OCIR Thé after the privatization of tea factories, and is being managed by the joint committee composed of Rwanda Mountain Tea, FERWACOTHE and NAEB. 

Stakeholders were informed about the current price of fertilizer NPK25-5-5+S3 to be used in Season A of 2015 and requested to deposit money on the bank account of Fertilizer Fund located in COGEBANQUE depending on the requested amount of fertilizer, not later than Tuesday 29th July 2014 so that the fertilizer could be available on time (before September 2014). 

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