Rwanda plans to cut beef imports


The government of Rwanda is now setting its eyes on increasing the amount of beef produced locally as a way of cutting imported beef from neighboring countries.

Through Gako integrated beef project- a flagship project to increase quality meat production for local and export markets, Rwanda plans to increase the number of beef cattle to at least 3000 cows within the Gako farms.

“Project has a slaughter house worth more than 300 million Rwandan francs, to be operational by October 2015. The slaughter house will have the capacity of meat processing of 20 cows per hour,” said Major Moses Kayigamba Chief Executive Officer, Agro Processing Trust Corporation Limited, one of the investors in venture. So far there are 947 modern goats and 473 cows in feed lots system on a 1500- hectare land in former Gako military domain.

Rwanda’s Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources Dr. Gerardine Mukeshimana says the project is aimed at increasing beef production and effectively reducing the quantity of imported meat in Rwanda, and Rwf 2.5billion has been invested in its infrastructure development thus far.

“We are at phase one of the project of putting in place viable infrastructure before handing the project to private investors,” Minister Mukeshimana told the media while touring the project.

The more than Rwf 3.4 billion project sits on 4500 of land in Gako, Bugesera region

Meanwhile, Rwanda has entered a deal with the Korea Rural Economic Institute (KREI) to boost meat production and processing.