Rwanda Industrial Research and Development Agency (NIRDA) has selected 45 firms in Fruits and vegetables and Wood Processing Value Chains which made it to the second phase of Open Calls program competition in both value chains.
The selected firms were informed and attended the workshop in Kigali on 21st February 2020 in Kigali to understand the requirement for them to be ready to enter the second phase.
In total 45 firms from both fruits and vegetables and wood processing value chains were thoroughly selected by a committee composed of experts from different government and private sector who analyzed concept notes submitted by firms.
Now, Open Calls phase two parts, which is the final one focuses on an application process that includes business diagnosis and the request where clients give details on the specification of equipment.
Firms got first-hand info on what is required to submit the applications.
The overall objective of Open Calls program is to help selected firms engaged in Fruits and vegetable and wood processing value chains acquire modern equipment with free- interest loan without collateral in partnership with BRD.
The application in the second phase is done online: http://opencalls.nirda.gov.rw/ just like the previous one and the applicants are required to provide detailed information on their business and how they intend to be more productive in terms of quality and quantity.
According to Claire MUKESHIMANA, NIRDA’s Acting Director-General, firms that will emerge the best will get the support to purchase upgraded equipment aimed at improving competitiveness and productivity of the produce.
“What we ask you is to bear in mind that this is a competition and be vigilant while you are applying,” she told firms representatives during the workshop.
She also assured them that NIRDA would provide training for all firms included those that would not be selected.
Such training includes business advisory services, marketing, use of modern technologies among others.