By Elias Hakizimana.
John Claudius Habumugisha, 30, from Rulindo District, Base sector has started a business of avocado four processing. The young man is now improving this business at Shyorongi TVET school.
In his research, Habumugisha found that avocado flour is a useful food by mixing it with hot food and a drink as useful as tea and coffee.
He said that avocado seed has various nutrients such as High Iron, Calcium, Magnesium and Potassium useful to protect the body from illnesses like blood pressure, stress, diabetes, etc.
Habumugisha has brought this product in the ongoing Rwanda International Trade Fair (EXPO 2019) that started a week ago to end on August 11, 2019 at Gikondo Exhibition ground in Kicukiro District.
This guy started the business of avocado seed processing since 2017. Himself told The Inspirer that he liked avocado since his childhood. He found that avocado is rich in many vitamins and decided to process its seed after his research that revealed that avocado seed has 70 percent of total nutrients, while the mesocarp or flesh avocado has only 30 percent of nutrients.
“I am planning to make mayonnaise in mesocarp soon in April 2020. I have started to produce it but it is not yet on market, I started working at home and people encouraged me to join business competitions, and in 2018 I participated in youth Connekt competition where I took the 3rd place among many contestants. Now I have many clients and the challenge is production as the capital is still low,” he said.
He said that it requires him to have good and quality avocado seeds as raw materials. He uses flesh seed to find good flour.
He employs currently two permanent and three casual workers. He has one machine for production and can produce at least 15 bottles of flour per day.
“I used various laboratory like Isaie Busogo campus, Post-harvest Lab and Shyorongi TVET school on how food industries can get Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) Standards.
He advises people to keep the stores of avocado seeds as he buys one kilogram at Rwf100. The 500gr bottle of avocado seed flour is Rwf3000 while a 250gr bottle is Rwf 2000.
To buy the empty bottles for packaging, he pays between Rwf200 and 300. Habumugisha has different markets where he takes his products, he is requesting for S-Mark as he is in first phase of ‘zamukanubuzirnenge’ progress to get this local standardization certificate. He was supported by Rwanda Development Board (RDB) in this standards process.
He plans to employ 300 people as he will expand the business and a building of the factory. He recently participated in youth caravan competition in Nairobi- Kenya where he showcased his product. “Soon in April 2020, I plan to have a factory producing bread and mayonnaise from avocado and I will partner with avocado farmers to produce more so that I can buy their avocadoes,” he noted.
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