S.E.A.L SUPPORT “MADE IN RWANDA”CAMPAIGN

In 2017,SawmillEast Africa Limited (S.E.A.L)are the new Investors from Europe,who have started their wood industry activities in Rwanda. An interview with the marketing manager of S.E.A.L, Mrs. Jyoti.S.Kumar who attended the 14th National Agriculture livestock exhibition at Mulindi center in Kigali, showed that they work as one of the partners of the Rwandan government, focusing on sustainable forest management, reforestation by maintaining nursery and planting them, modern harvesting of trees and finest wood products which is a hundred percent purely Made in RWANDA.

S.E.A.L is currently producing a wide variety of products and became the largest player in wood industry in Rwanda. In addition to supply of timber, they are also producing wooden packaging materials, solid wood claddings, solid wood floorings, solid wood decking boards, furniture, door etc. They have created all kinds of added value from cutting trees,replanting to high quality end products.

In her interview, she also added that S.E.A.L has the plan to extend their activities in future by exporting their products to other East African Community countries. She mentioned that this expansion will help their company to support the awareness of Made In Rwanda Campaign which started in 2014.

Currently,Sawmill East Africa Limited is operating in Rwamagana District in Eastern Province and also hasestablished trees nurseries at Muhanga District in Southern province.This year 500.000 trees will be replanted. Across their various operations, S.E.A.L provides employment to approximately 400 workers both permanent and casual and uses the most modern technology to manufacture their products.
A very interesting point is that SEAL has now most professional Kiln drying machine which is the largest in Rwanda.

Mrs Jyotialso added that S.E.A.L’svision is to support pure made in Rwanda campaign, by reducing use of plastic products and producing different finest wood products like pallets, crates, chairs,tables,skirting, ceiling panels, decking panels, interior panels, exterior panels and flooring panelsat affordable prices.

Other services that can be provided by S.E.A.L is door to door delivery of products, professionally dried wood, fumigation services, chemical impregnation of wooden products using natural chemicals to avoid termites and other pests.

During the Rwanda Agri Show 2019, SEAL had displayed their wooden packaging products. These SEAL products were highly appreciated by the officials of Ministry of Agriculture and members of different NGOs, cooperatives as being high quality and products that are needed in the Rwandan market for simplifying logistical difficulties and also to reduce post-harvest losses.

Since the creation of man and nature, soil, air and water were considered as essential needs which can support the lives of human beings in daily life. It is in this context where sustainable forest management in Rwanda can be taken as essential campaign for national environmental policies, and a better way to use the available raw materials on the country’s land effectively.

Photo; S.E.A.L warehouse in Rwanda

Photo; woods used in manufacturing S.E.A.L products

Photo; one of the S.E.A.L workers showing an operating machine in a workshop

Photo; Different products showed in the 14th National Agriculture livestock exhibition at Mulindi center in Kigali opened on the 18th June 2019 up to June 26, 2019

Photo; Different products showed in the 14th National Agriculture livestock exhibition at Mulindi center in Kigali opened on the 18th June 2019 up to June 26, 2019

By Aloys Badege, Senior Journalist Email: aloysbadege1@gmail.com





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