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How to Apply for Seed Merchant License

This service allows business operators that would like to sell seeds as retailers, importers, exporters and distributors, to obtain an operating license from Rwanda Inspectorate, Competition and Consumer Protection Authority (RICA). RICA will conduct a field visit to ensure your location/site is compliant with RICA standards and regulation.

The processing time is 14 days, and the service fee is 150,000 Rwf.


  • Applicants with or without an Irembo account can apply for this service.

  • A company or an individual must have a Tax Identification Number (TIN).

Required attachments: (5)

  • Proof of contract of staff responsible for storage facility

  • A proof of seed certification (certified in Rwanda or other internationally recognized certification scheme)

  • A copy of ownership, lease or rent agreement of storage facility

  • Copy of passport

  • Copy of License

Follow these simple steps to apply for the Seed Merchant License:

1. Visit the Irembo platform at and navigate to the "Trade and Industry" category, Click on “Business Operator License.

2. Select "Seed Merchant License" and then click  "Apply."

3. Fill in the applicant's details (select if the applicant is the business owner or legal representative, add the age group, and other required personal information).

4. Enter the application details (Add registration type, that is,  if its a new application or renewing application and enter Company TIN. Select the select the type of business, and the facility location).

5. Enter the details of the type of seeds to be commercialized.

6. Upload the required attachments in the correct format, then click Next.

7. Verify that the information is accurate, enter a phone number and/or email address, check the verification box, and click "Submit."

8. A billing Number/ID (88…) will be generated for payment, Click Pay

9. Applicants choose the mode of payment. For more information about payment modes, click here


  • Upon successful submission, the application will be processed by RICA. Applicants will receive an email or SMS notification about any changes in the application status.

  • Once RICA approves your application, you will receive your e-license.

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