Rwandan chili farmers still wonder where the market for their products is despite reports that the country has secured export deals with other countries.
Dozens of chili farmers have previously told Taarifa Business desk that they are hopelessly stuck with massive yields they can’t find a market for.
However, on March 11, Rwanda signed a protocol to export dried chili to China. Farmers are yet to know details of this protocol and how they will effectively exploit it.
Amb. James Kimonyo the Rwandan envoy in China signed this protocol on behalf of the government of Rwanda.
“This is a big win for Rwandan chili growers” he said after signing.
China’s insatiable appetite for chili peppers has made the spice a hotter commodity.
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Dried chillies can be naturally sun-dried or dehydrated in hot air circulation tunnels.
According to Alibaba online market in china 1 kg of dried chili costs US$4.00-US$6.00/kilo.
In botanical terms, chilli peppers and sweet peppers are the same species but the difference is in the presence of capsaicin, which gives the spicy heat (pungency) to chilli peppers.
In 2019, Twahirwa Dieudonné a Rwandan chili farmer signed a 5-year supply deal with China-based GK International Enterprises Company Limited to supply 50,000 metric tons chili, annually.
“China has large market for all varieties of chili peppers, I hope to make profits though I have a lot to invest, chili harvesting period is shorter and prices continue to be stable” Twahirwa said after signing the agreement.