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Rwanda agricultural exports fall by a third

Published on January 26, 2016

Rwanda's campaign to diversify its exports to cushion the economy against a growing trade imbalance, may take a little longer, with agricultural exports falling by 29 per cent due to depressed international commodity prices.

In the first 11 months of last year, exports fell to $65.2 million from $91.7 million during the same period in 2014, according to the National Agricultural Export Board (Naeb).

The trade imbalance was widened as seven out of the 13 leading agricultural exports — pyrethrum, hides and skins, cereals, pulses, root tubers (cassava), live animals and banana — dipped.

Tea exports recorded positive growth, expanding 40.16 per cent while horticultural exports grew by 41.33 per cent. Read more. Source | East African