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Friday, 13 December 2013

Second fruit processing unit opens in DRC with UNIDO assistance as part of new agro-industrial centre

KIMPESE, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 13 December 2013 - A new fruit processing unit opened today in Kimpese, as part of a Japan-funded project being implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) that aims to establish an agro-industrial centre in the region.

The opening ceremony was attended by Rémy Musungayi Bampale, Minister of Industry, Ambassador Yoshimasa Tominaga of Japan, and Monika Roeser, UNIDO Representative in the DRC.

In February, UNIDO helped launch in Kimpese a processing unit for cassava products which was also funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

“The ultimate objective of UNIDO’s assistance is to contribute to poverty reduction and job creation, especially for women and young people in rural Bas-Congo. We are glad to be able to contribute to the development of the agro-food sector, which is of high importance for the economy of the DRC and a source of income generating activities,” said Monika Roeser.

The agro-industrial centre is offering training in manufacturing and hygiene practices of agro-food products, in entrepreneurship management, and also serves as an incubator for micro, small and medium enterprises.

“Since 2011, when we launched the project, around 2,000 people have been trained. We’ve also established a quality control laboratory. Local farmers now bring their produce to the centre for further processing and packaging,” said Roeser.

She added that in 2014, this experience can be replicated as part of a larger programme, to be funded by the World Bank.

For more information, please contact:

Meryem SGHIR
UNIDO Technical expert in agro-food processing
Agribusiness Development Branch

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