Michel Nkurunziza

Local tailors come together to set up garment factory

When government announced a phased ban on secondhand clothes in 2015, few local tailors could have seen this as an opportunity to cash in, by moving to fill the void in the textile industry. But progressively, they were encouraged by the different government initiatives which aimed at supporting...

Monday, July 16, 2018, 2:11 AM

Pyrethrum farmers demand clarity on expansion of Volcanoes National Park

Pyrethrum farmers from the environs of Volcanoes National Park in Northern Province are seeking clarity about plans to expand the habitat for mountain gorillas that are increasing in numbers. The expansion plans are expected to affect the pyrethrum farms. A recent census shows that there are...

Friday, July 13, 2018, 12:11 AM

City vegetable farmers seek to exploit idle marshlands

Farmers currently growing vegetables in a marshland in Gasabo District, Kigali City want to be permitted to exploit other idle agricultural marshlands. The farmers grouped under ‘Juru Cooperative’ have planted over 100 varieties of vegetables most of which came from China, Korera,...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 12:57 AM

How Western Province coffee farmers plan on recovering from Rwf100 million loss

Over 1,000 members of Kopakaki-Dutegure Cooperative in Karongi District are counting a loss of about Rwf100 million after the recent floods destroyed coffee plantations as well as harvest. The farmers shared their current challenges with Business Times during a recent agricultural exhibition in...

Monday, July 9, 2018, 11:08 PM

Meet the university student producing wine from carrots

When Marc Niyigeza, a student at the Independent Institute of Lay Adventist of Kigali (INILAK) observed that carrots harvest time was characterised by increased supply into the market and most produce rotting away, he thought of a way to invest in value addition. The 30-year-old student from...

Monday, July 9, 2018, 10:25 PM

FEATURED: Financing available, BDF tells local textile industry

Rwanda’s Business Development Fund (BDF) has urged tailors, fashion designers and traders in locally made clothes to make use of the existing opportunities in working with financial institutions and benefit from the BDF guarantee fund. The call was made by Carine Sandrine Mugwaneza, the...

Thursday, July 5, 2018, 11:34 PM

Six things you should do to mark Liberation Day

As the country celebrates Liberation Day on this 4th July, Rwandans, especially young people, can learn and celebrate liberation through various ways. The following are six things that you should do to celebrate and educate yourself about the Liberation Day. 1. Visit the National Liberation Park...

Tuesday, July 3, 2018, 7:00 PM

Rwanda’s coffee exports set to surge

The National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB) has said that more efforts are being leveraged to increase both quantity and quality of coffee in the country so as to increase exports to 24,500 tonnes this year. Dr Celestin M. Gatarayiha, the Coffee Division Manager at NAEB told Sunday...

Sunday, July 1, 2018, 1:15 AM

Local leaders on the spot over illegal construction, poor service delivery

The Minister for Local Government, Francis Kaboneka, has warned corrupt local leaders who allow informal settlements, churches and other buildings to come up in high-risk zones. He was speaking on Friday in a meeting with Kigali City Council and local leaders who presented...

Friday, June 29, 2018, 11:45 PM

Young innovators compete for Bank of Kigali interest-free loans

Bank of Kigali has announced that 5 outstanding young entrepreneurs are set to receive interest-free loans at the end of a competition dubbed, Urumuri. Urumuri initiative aims at discovering new ideas with potential business men and women to develop and broaden their business concepts. So far...

Thursday, June 28, 2018, 11:57 PM

Automating SACCOs: Who is to blame for the failure?

When FinTech –a Kenyan firm, was contracted by government to help automate Umurenge-SACCOs at the cost of $4.6 million (approx. Rwf4bn) in 2015, it was expected that the exercise would be completed within six months. This would pave way for the establishment of a Cooperative Bank that was to...

Monday, June 25, 2018, 1:28 AM

Parliamentary polls: Green Party to front 55 candidates

The Democratic Green Party of Rwanda has announced a list of 55 candidates who will vie in the forthcoming parliamentary elections slated for September 3. The list was unveiled during a general assembly by the party which was held on Saturday. Speaking during the assembly on Saturday, Jean-Claude...

Monday, June 25, 2018, 1:14 AM

New Rwf8bn project to fight graft, enhance access to justice

A new project to help fight corruption and enhance access to justice in the country is set to kick off next month. This was announced Wednesday by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Johnston Busingye during a consultative meeting between government entities in the justice sector and...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 11:17 PM

Agaciro Fund gets boost from local chalk factory

Officials at Agaciro Development Fund, the country’s sovereign wealth fund, have called for more involvement from the private sector to support Rwanda’s sovereign wealth fund. The call was made after the fund received Rwf3 million as a contribution from G-Mart, a local private company...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 1:01 AM

Israeli investor to construct up to 10,000 housing units

Rwanda Development Board (RDB) on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mitrelli Group, an Israeli conglomerate that specialises in large-scale long-term projects. Mitrelli Group is seeking to develop up to 10,000 housing units in Rwanda with a majority of them under the...

Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 9:56 PM

East African Court of Justice, National courts seek to harmonise laws

Strengthening cooperation between the East African Court of Justice and national courts will benefit East African community Citizens and accelerate regional integration, Dr Emmanuel Ugirashebuja, President of the East African Court of Justice, has said. He was speaking during a three-day workshop...

Monday, June 18, 2018, 11:39 PM

Why micro-finance institutions must have consumer protection policies

The association of Microfinance Institutions in Rwanda (AMIR) has urged key sector players to design appropriate products to improve consumer protection and reduce losses both clients and financial institutions. According to Jackson Kwikiriza, Senior Programme Manager at the Association of...

Monday, June 18, 2018, 10:10 PM

Irish potato farmers upbeat as government moves to address seed shortage

Irish potato farmers from Northern Province can breathe a sigh of relief as the government is stepping in to establish  modern seed potato warehouses and greenhouse to address the existing gap in the supply of seeds. The Ministry of Agriculture and partners have pledged to establish modern...

Monday, June 18, 2018, 9:56 PM

FEATURED: Horizon SOPYRWA backs efforts to plant mosquito repellent trees

Horizon SOPYRWA, a subsidiary of Horizon Group in partnership with the Ministry of Health has launched activities to plant trees known as ‘Artemisia Annua’ across the country. The species is a medicinal plant that repels mosquitoes. The tree planting activities, which are part of the...

Sunday, June 17, 2018, 11:17 PM

Rwanda coffee to be showcased at the World of Coffee exhibition in Amsterdam

Rwandan coffee will be showcased at the World of Coffee exhibition in Amsterdam, The Netherlands from June 21 to- 23, the National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB) has confirmed. The World of Coffee exhibition is Europe’s largest coffee gathering and one of the world’s...

Thursday, June 14, 2018, 1:56 AM