KKOG: Pioneering Cannabis Export in Rwanda

King Kong Organics (KKOG Rwanda) has made history by becoming the first company in Rwanda to secure a five-year license for the cultivation, extraction, and export of medicinal cannabis products. This groundbreaking move by KKOG, a subsidiary of the US-based KKOG GLOBAL, marks a significant milestone in Rwanda’s medical cannabis industry.

KKOG Rwanda’s journey began with the construction of Rwanda’s first cannabis facility in Musanze district, set to be completed in May 2024. The facility is designed to be a state-of-the-art complex with extraction and research components, as well as development capabilities for cannabis end products.

The company’s vision extends beyond cultivation, with plans to distill the first cannabis-infused liquors by 2025. This ambition reflects KKOG’s commitment to innovation and its role as a market leader in medical cannabis cultivation on the African continent.

Regulatory Framework and Economic Impact

Rwanda’s Ministry of Health laid the groundwork for this development by proposing a law in 2010 to allow medical cannabis use. The legalization in 2021 was a strategic move, aligning with global market projections that estimate the industry’s growth from $28.3 billion in 2021 to $197.7 billion by 2028.

The Rwanda Development Board (RDB) has emphasized the stringent security measures in place to prevent any leakage of cannabis crops to the domestic market. These include CCTV cameras, watch towers, street lights, and human security, ensuring the process remains secure.

KKOG’s Investment and Community Development

KKOG has invested $10 million since entering the local market, aiming to unlock Rwanda’s potential in the global cannabis production landscape. The company’s unique community development model allows for capacity building and economic growth opportunities, benefiting the local community and setting a precedent for future investments.

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