Kinazi Cassava Plant (KCP) is co-owned by the Development Bank of Rwanda (BRD) and AGDF CORPORATE TRUST LTD with 44% and 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, KCP employs forty-two 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.
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 chain).
- Promoting agro-processing as a means to value addition, food safety and food security.
KCP improved the livelihoods of cassava farmers by providing a ready market to their 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 does the harvesting.
- Value addition to Cassava:
At inception, the cassava flour markets were filled with traditionally processed, cheap, poor quality flour. Currently KCP produces High quality Cassava flour which is acceptable on local, regional, and international markets. KCP managed to increase the price due to high demand, which in turn benefits the farmer.