Pineapple growers in Gahara sector of Kirehe district says that Tuzamurane cooperative that dries pineapples has improved their social and economic conditions.This Tuzamurane cooperative operates in Gahara sector in Kirehe and has factory that process pineapples into dried ones.
“Having managed to put up a plant that dries up pineapples making different products has increased the value of pineapples and we now have a stable market in Belgium and France and we are developing,” explains Alphonse Manirareba, the chairperson of Tuzamurane cooperative.
The membership fee to join this cooperative was Rwf5000 at first and with the development of the cooperative, membership fee is Rwf80 000 with members being able to share about Rwf600 000 of the profits made by the cooperative annually.
The cooperative which now owns the house they are operating in and many pineapple farms is planning on buying vehicles to use in their daily work.
“Now that we have stable markets in Belgium and France, we are planning on expanding the plant to make 60 kilograms of pineapple a daily to satisfy the demand we have,” explains the chairperson of the cooperative.
“This is incredible with great prices of processed pineapples at Rwf10 000 when the unprocessed pineapples cost only Rwf150, it is a venture worth investing in,” says Franҫois Kanimba, the minister for trade and industry.