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NIRDA trains private essential oils companies on how to improve quality, competitiveness

The National Industrial Research and Development Agency (NIRDA) last week concluded a three-day training bringing together participants from essential oils private companies to help them improve the quality and quantity of their respective essential oils products.

Participants include companies involved in growing aromatic plants, first-level essential oils processors, and essential oils product developers.

Building the capacity of private companies both from small and medium enterprises in a bid to boost their quality and quantity of their products hence become more competitive on the market is one of NIRDA‚Äôs core missions.  

Experts took participants thru various modules including Cultivation of aromatic plants their marketing opportunities, Adequate Essential oils processing technics, Value Addition in Essential Oils and their bio-products.

Other modules include Safety and Quality evaluation of Essential oils and Intellectual property rights for essential oils products. Essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing volatile (easily evaporated at normal temperatures) chemical compounds from plants. 

The training in essential oils with covered both theoretical and practical parts also helped participants get first-hand information from nurseries to the production level of essential oils.

Participants visited the Musanze District-based Horizon Sopyrwa that deals with the mass production of various essential oils production through extraction and distillation to get first-hand information and experience in effective essential oil production.

It is expected that participants will apply the acquired skills to improve essential oils in terms of quality and quantity.

Participants expressed optimism saying that they acquired both theoretical and practical skills from the training that will help them improve the quality& Quantity from essential oils they produce and benefit a lot from it.

Participants include companies involved in growing aromatic plants, first-level essential oils processors, and essential oils product developers.

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