As part of promoting industrial growth countrywide, the government introduced Community Processing Centres (CPCs), which are mainly based in rural areas. The programme also seeks to create jobs for youth and reduce on the challenge of rural-urban migration. One such CPC, a modern banana processing plant, was last year launched in Gisagara District to support agro-processing in the area. The plant, the first of its kind in the district, presents farmers a sustainable market for their produce.
The factory cost over Rwf920 million to set up. According to Gerald Karemera, the managing director for Gisagara Agro Business Industry Ltd, the plant is part of the plans to improve the quality of banana products besides contributing to the development of the district as well as enhancing household income of farmers. Karemera said, “We had also noticed that people were getting health-related issues as a result of consuming unhygienic brew and juices made using the traditional methods.” Read more. Source | New Times