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Rwanda to build banana processing plant in Gisagara

A banana processing plant is to be built in Rwanda’s Gisagara District, the local mayor has said

The modern facility, which will be co-owned by the local government of Gisagara District and Mountain Natural Food Ltd, will be the first of its kind in the municipality, providing a major market for local banana farmers.

The factory itself will cost around US$270,000 and will be equipped with machinery costing a further US$300,000, according to officials.

They claim that, once operational, the plant will be capable of processing up to five tonnes of bananas, worth around US$700,000, per day, producing high quality bottled banana beer and juice.

“The facility will provide a ready market for farmers and improve the quality of banana brew currently made locally,” explained Gisagara District mayor Léandre Karekezi.

On a visit to the district last week, Rwandan minister for trade and industry François Kanimba urged the local government to speed up delivery of the required machinery in order to bring the plant online as early as possible.