Food production in solar irrigated greenhouses in Rwanda

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Addressing low productivity of smallholders’ food production, the project aims at setting up modern greenhouses where irrigation will be solar powered and efficient production techniques and inputs will be used.

Rise and farming solutions Ltd, is Rwandan company, that aims to improve Rwandese smallholder farmer livelihoods using improved seeds and modernized agriculture practices, notably greenhouses irrigated by solar irrigation technologies for the production of vegetables and fruits. The project will be implemented in Rwamagana district, eastern province, 37Km from the center of Kigali city of Rwanda. Which is approximately 30 min drive.

The project will initially entail greenhouses on 1 ha aiming to supply consumers of Kigali and around it with fresh vegetables from greenhouse production of tomatoes, cucumbers, capsicums, eggplants and green beans.

Funding requirements are estimated at 210,080,000 Rwandan francs ($ 247,154) to be used for the construction of 10 modernized greenhouses, purchasing solar irrigation kit, digging one borehole, fencing and other cultivation related activating during the first harvest.

This funding is sought in the form of a loan with a 5-year moratorium period and payback in quarterly installments at a suggested interest rate of 15%. It is expected that yearly net profits will amount to $ 37,154.

The company plans to expand the project to other parts of the country and to set up a processing plant for ketchup and tomato sauces, funded from the company’s own retained profits.

What are your comparative advantages?

The business will be rolled out at the country level where there no competition in supplying vegetables and fruits during summer season.

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