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ABOUT US


Background

Kinazi Cassava Plant Limited (KCP) was conceived by the Government of Rwanda as a viable mechanism to add value to the growing cassava production in Rwanda. This investment is viewed as a significant addition to the growing Rwandan agro-processing sector. KCP was constructed by Government of Rwanda through Rwanda Development Bank (BRD) financing in 2011, and commissioned in April at Kinazi Sector, Ruhango district.

Initially the Government of Rwanda supported the establishment of KCP based on three motivations :
• Creating a market for the large and growing cassava production ;
• Establishing a company worthy of attracting investments into the agri-business sector (cassava being one of the priority value chains) ;
• Promoting agro-processing as a means to value addition, food safety and food security.

Introduction

Kinazi Cassava Plant (KCP) is co-owned by the Development Bank of Rwanda (BRD) with 44% and AGDF CORPORATE TRUST LTD with 56% shares respectively ;. The project was intended to be among the projects that will harness the agricultural potential of Rwandan economy by providing a ready and sustainable market for cassava farmers and engaging in cassava value addition activities. Subsequent to this objective, Kinazi Cassava Plant (KCP) was conceived and set up in southern province, Ruhango District, Kinazi Sector and operations started in April 2012 with the principal activity of processing raw cassava into cassava flour for sale to both domestic and foreign markets. In order to carry out its day to day activities, KCPemploys forty two (11) permanent staff and casual workers who are between three hundred (300) and five hundred (500). KCP produces gluten-free High Quality Cassava Flour which is highly appreciated on both local and international market.

Success
Since its inception, KCP has registered a number of success stories in line with its mission of providing a ready market for farmers adding value to cassava products and boosting foreign currency earnings.

Improve the livelihoods of cassava farmers
KCP provided a ready market to farmers produce at a good price. Farmers used to spend all their time in cassava related activities from planting to post harvest and find themselves with no more time left to concentrate on the next season. In addition, different contract farming signed between KCP and farmers help farmer to have access to finance within financial institutions.

• Create employment opportunities – directly & indirectly.
KCP employs 11 permanent employees and 300 – 500 non-permanent staff. As a result, two cooperatives were formed one doing the peeling activities while the other one do the harvesting.
• Value addition to Cassava
Currently KCP produces High quality Cassava flour which is acceptable on local, regional and international markets.

Markets

At inception the cassava flour markets were filled with traditionally processed, cheap, poor quality flour. KCP therefore spent a long time trying to differentiate itself as a provider of high quality Cassava flour in a price sensitive market. This led to holding large stocks due to slow turnover. The situation however improved and KCP started to increase the price from FRW 200 to FRW 750 (VAT) exclusive due to an increase in demand, a strong distribution network and improved quality. KCP is now exporting to European markets, Africa and has got potential distribution contracts in North American markets, which offer better unit prices varying between $1.5 and $3 per kg.



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