Rwandan companies in the wood industry are looking at ways to improve their production. Their goal is to tap into the increasing demand for wood products made in Rwanda. This agreement was reached during a wood champions meeting that gathered 9 companies/cooperatives.
The study Wood Products, Market and Import, commissioned by the Eco-Emploi Programme, highlights ways to boost local wood products. Some of the main common obstacles are the insufficient quality of timber and the limited access to customers. Collective actions are a key strategy recommended to address the challenges hindering the development of the industry.
During the validation of the study, participants agreed to enquire into a shared big timber drier kiln for collective use. This modern technology will ensure the production of quality furniture in compliance with the standards and can lift the local production to the next level. Furthermore, the champions asked Eco-Emploi for assistance in establishing a shared showroom in Kigali where companies can showcase their products and have easy access to clientele. This will improve the wood products’ reputation amongst clients.