Rwandan young in agribusiness secures $100m deal to export Chili every year

By Elias Hakizimana.

Diego Twahirwa,  the founder and owner of  Gashora Farms has signed a 5-year agreement with the Chinese GK International Enterprises to supply 50,000 MT of dry Chili worth USD 100 million every year.

Twahirwa is the country’s leading chili export firm based in Bugesera District.

He is a member of Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum, which brings together all 12,000 youth in agribusiness countrywide.

They are in five clusters namely; crop production, livestock, agro-processing, inputs and other Agro-services (extension, marketing, food packaging, farm mechanization, seed multiplication etc.) as well as ICT for Agriculture in Rwanda.

His firm addresses challenges of post-harvest losses by producing chili oil (branded Didi’s Chilli Oil) and is exploring the expansion of its value-added product line with the production of pulp and chili powder.

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Elias Hakizimana

Elias Hakizimana, CEO&Founder of The Inspirer Ltd,(www.rwandainspirer.com) is a professional Rwandan Journalist with Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Communication, received from University of Rwanda’s College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) in 2014. He served various media houses in Rwanda including Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) in 2013 and became passionate with English Online and Print Media Publications where he exercised his talent as a Freelance News Reporter for The New Times, The Independent, The Rwanda Focus, Panorama and more before he became a Self-Entrepreneur as the CEO and Founder of The Inspirer Limited in early 2017.

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