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NIRDA calls for more applicants in the “Cow in the Car” program as the deadline draws closer

National Industrial Research and Development Agency (NIRDA) has called for firms and innovators engaged in the Cow value chain businesses which are yet to apply for support to purchase  upgraded equipment to do so before the deadline of 10th February 2020.

 Earlier in December last year, NIRDA launched the Cow in the Car Open Calls program that seeks to help firms dealing in the Cow Value Chain businesses and innovators with innovative ideas to improve competitiveness and productivity.

 “We want to help potential firms and innovators acquire upgraded equipment in a bid to leverage the use of science and technology to get more returns from cowhides, horns, and fats (*find a better word than fats*) to help improve the country’s livestock value chain,” said Claire Mukeshimana, NIRDA’s Acting Director-General.

 She said that the project would help support the emergence of new industries, and make farmers understand the value of the cow beyond just milk and meat production.

NIRDA will partner with Development Bank of Rwanda (BRD) to help firms and innovators purchase, adapt and make better use of technology (such as equipment, tools, machines, software) at a repayable facility of 0% interest rate, no fees, no collateral.

“We have received some applications but we particularly encourage more innovators to try their chance and apply so that those with innovative ideas are not left behind,” Mukeshimana added.

Firms would also benefit from cost-free technical and business advice to support the growth of their business to improve productivity and management.

Among others, selected firms and innovators will acquire training on the best technology, quality production processes, and business and marketing strategies.

 Applicants must be established industries or enterprises within the Cow value chain (Abattoirs, Hides and Skins collection, Leather Production and Leather Goods) with at least 3 years’ experience.

Others include innovators with registered companies who may wish to turn their ideas into reality.

Application is done online via NIRDA’s website: www.nirda.gov.rw and submit their project concept note before deadline, which is on Monday 10th February 2020.

For any query or more details Contact NIRDA on toll-free on 1055, or visit us at Kigali City Tower 7th Floor or 13th Floor or  E-mail us on opencalls@nirda.gov.rw

NIRDA has secured the support from Eastern and Southern Africa Trade and Development Bank (TDB), and the OCP Group, a Moroccan fertilizer manufacturing company to support the Cow value chain.

NIRDA calls for more applicants in the “Cow in the Car” program as the deadline draws closer

 National Industrial Research and Development Agency (NIRDA) has called for firms and innovators engaged in the Cow value chain businesses which are yet to apply for support to purchase  upgraded equipment to do so before the deadline of 10th February 2020.

 Earlier in December last year, NIRDA launched the Cow in the Car Open Calls program that seeks to help firms dealing in the Cow Value Chain businesses and innovators with innovative ideas to improve competitiveness and productivity.

 “We want to help potential firms and innovators acquire upgraded equipment in a bid to leverage the use of science and technology to get more returns from cowhides, horns, and fats (*find a better word than fats*) to help improve the country’s livestock value chain,” said Claire Mukeshimana, NIRDA’s Acting Director-General.

 She said that the project would help support the emergence of new industries, and make farmers understand the value of the cow beyond just milk and meat production.

NIRDA will partner with Development Bank of Rwanda (BRD) to help firms and innovators purchase, adapt and make better use of technology (such as equipment, tools, machines, software) at a repayable facility of 0% interest rate, no fees, no collateral

“We have received some applications but we particularly encourage more innovators to try their chance and apply so that those with innovative ideas are not left behind,” Mukeshimana added.

Firms would also benefit from cost-free technical and business advice to support the growth of their business to improve productivity and management.

Among others, selected firms and innovators will acquire training on the best technology, quality production processes, and business and marketing strategies.

 Applicants must be established industries or enterprises within the Cow value chain (Abattoirs, Hides and Skins collection, Leather Production and Leather Goods) with at least 3 years’ experience.

Others include innovators with registered companies who may wish to turn their ideas into reality.

Application is done online via NIRDA’s website: www.nirda.gov.rw and submit their project concept note before deadline, which is on Monday 10th February 2020.

For any query or more details Contact NIRDA on toll-free on 1055, or visit us at Kigali City Tower 7th Floor or 13th Floor or  E-mail us on opencalls@nirda.gov.rw

NIRDA has secured the support from Eastern and Southern Africa Trade and Development Bank (TDB), and the OCP Group, a Moroccan fertilizer manufacturing company to support the Cow value chain.

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