Market Sought for Surplus 500,000 Tons of Maize, Beans

As a result of various government programs in irrigation, mechanization, land use consolidation, and use of improved seeds and fertilizers, Rwanda now has a large surplus of maize and beans. The Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources reported a projected surplus of 300,000 tons of maize and 200,000 tons of beans this year. To cope, the government is conceptualizing proper storage facilities and centers for essential drying and cleaning to improve the quality of the grain and allow farmers to sell better grain when prices raise.  However, many cooperative societies in Rwanda are young and lack technical skills and finance, with few paid staff, hence a great need of extra support.

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