Coffee farmers and exporters in the country are decrying the poor state of roads saying that their coffee diminishes in quality because it too much time is spent on the way to the processing factories. The exporters say that for this reason; very little is paid for the coffee. This was revealed during meeting between the exporters and officials of Rwanda Development Bank.
During the meeting that takes place annually, coffee farmers and exporters reviewed achievements of the year 2011 and deliberated on this year’s prospects.
Rwanda Development Bank holds this annual meeting with farmers and exporters especially nearing the harvest season so that they can buy green coffee for exportation.
Emmanuel Karuranga, the bank’s director of the risk and credit management Department said they welcomed the achievements registered last year. He however cited several discrepancies but noted that it was beyond neither the farmers nor the bank’s control.
Karuranga announced that the bank gives loans to anyone with a project but the amount of money is determined by the magnitude of the project.
Callixte Munyaziboneye is the chairman of a coffee cooperative in Ngororero district. he explained that they have undertaken major reforms to increase the quality of their coffee. This was not in vain because their coffee was rated second during the NAEB competitions.
He however noted that the poor state of roads is one of the major challenges they face. Munyaziboneye said that in many cases they ferry the coffee on their heads which means that it spends days before reaching the processing factories and loses its quality.
By Flora Kaitesi