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Rwandan agri-exports get a new cargo

Rwanda's National Carrier RwandAir has, on behalf of Rwanda Government, entered into an agreement with Magma Aviation to ship up to 25 metric tons every Friday, starting 4th October 2019.

The Boeing 747 freighter service launched concerns the route between Rwanda’s Kigali International Airport (KGL) and Liège Airport (LGG) in Belgium.

The new aviation weekly services will facilitate Rwandan agri-exporters to send their fresh products to European markets through Liège and Hahn, which are the home bases for this cargo and ideally the gate of European motorway network.

Rwandan exports have been air-crafted by RwandAir, but there was a big opportunity that was not tapped in due to limitations of the cargo’s space. There was a need to increase the volumes and market destinations for Rwandan agriculture produce.

This agreement comes as a result of Rwandan government efforts to facilitate Rwandan exporters to reach more markets. The move is one of the solutions to implement NAEB’s new Strategic Business Plan. There is a need to boost the potentials of Rwandan agri-exports but especially horticulture.

There has been an increase of the sector’s revenues as a result of continued adherence to international standards and new markets due to direct flights terminating from Rwanda to Europe. In the recent financial year, Rwanda fetched a total of USD 465,405,334 from agricultural exports. These exports included mostly tea, coffee and horticulture fresh produce.