A three year project has been started in Rwanda to strengthen the coffee value chain between the country and the Japan markets where its demand is growing interestingly.
The project will over the three years increase competitiveness in the market with strengthened coffee value chain by achieving its set purposes.
This will at the very same time put in place effective systems that improve the monitoring,coordination, management and regulation of the coffee business sector and there redefine the value chain between Kigali and Tokyo.
Farm management of the selected coffee cooperatives is improved and introduced to stakeholders as the pilot cooperatives to show a tangible example for quality coffee.
“Japanese like coffee, it is the largest country consumer of coffee and the first importer. We can see Rwandan coffee in Japan shops. We want to have a journey with Rwanda and will be successful,” Japanese Ambassador to Rwanda Takayuki Miyashita.
Japan imports Arabic coffee and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) representatives expects a quality value chain between the two countries.
Rwanda a local coffee farmers’ cooperative, Deogratias Bagaragaza, says the three project will help propagate professional coffee farmers and also grow them into self sustained coffee businessmen.
“The three years of training will improve farming skills to help improve required coffee quality standards so we can meet the Japan market demands.”
Their cooperative is funded by JICA and trains them to grow and process coffee to needed modern standards.
“We learned how to yield coffee trees without cutting them earlier and can increase the yields. And we are expecting to start a demonstration farm where other farmers will learn to improve their farming methods.”
They have a coffee processing factory that started in 2015.
“The project will help cultivate good coffee by use of modern farming methods and improve the quality of coffee products and increase yield tonnage,” says the NAEB Representative, Urujeni Sandrine.
Last year Rwanda exported more than 22000 tons of coffee to Japan and expect to increase the tonnage from 53 % to 80%.
Training on modern coffee farming methods will continue, she said, to skill coffee farmers that can meet the requirements under the value chain between the two countries, she noted.
ALL FOR COFFEE Chairman of coffee cooperation advisory board, Jose Kawasshima, said that Rwandan coffee has growing demand on the Japanese market and engaging in projects that help local farmers grow and process it to needed quality is expected to increase exports to that country more.
“We have market for Rwandan coffee and expect it to grow even larger. We will train farmers to grow and process coffee to quality needed in Japan.”
The project will select two local coffee farmers’ cooperatives to be models farmers and processors of the quality that is exported to Japan.