Rwanda’s milk production on the rise as cattle population drop

Figures from Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) show that the cattle population in Rwanda, reduced from about 1.4 million cows in 2015, to about 1.16 million heads today. But milk production increased from about 710,000 metric tonnes to over 816,000 metric tonnes. Speaking to The New Times, Dr Michel...

Friday, June 22, 2018, 11:44 PM

First rehabilitation centre for women delinquents to be open by December

Girls and women who have indulged in various petty crimes such as drug abuse will, for the first time, have a centre where they will be rehabilitated before they can be reunited with their families and reintegrated in their communities. The construction of the centre, which will cost about Rwf2.9...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 11:27 PM

KCB Rwanda hosts talk on financing for smallholder farmers

Agriculture financing in most African countries accounts for about 16% to 70% of the total monetary value of produced goods and services – gross domestic product (GDP) – yet, the sector gets only about 5% of the total loans by banks and other financial institutions. This was said...

Friday, June 15, 2018, 12:25 AM

Labour union demands better safety for miners

33 people died from mine accidents between January and June 2018, according to figures from Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board (RMPGB). It attributes the deaths to lack of safety and security within mining sites, where some tunnels are not well supported. The death toll recorded in the...

Sunday, June 10, 2018, 12:41 AM

Coops agency moves to streamline taxi-moto operators’ cooperatives

Mismanagement of taxi-moto operators’ cooperatives has resulted in members losing interest in giving in their contributions because they do not see any benefit accruing from their savings, according to Rwanda Cooperative Agency (RCA). This issue, the cooperative regulatory body says,...

Friday, June 8, 2018, 7:42 PM

Eastern Province on alert as Rift Valley Fever kills over 100 cows in Ngoma District

At least 100 cows in Ngoma District of Eastern Province have died from Rift Valley Fever (RVF) in recent weeks. The disease has also spread to the nearby Kirehe District, The New Times has learnt. RVF is an acute fever-causing viral disease that’s commonly observed in domesticated animals...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 1:39 PM

Govt mulls new technology to recover embezzled funds

It will not be easy for people who embezzle or misappropriate public funds to hide their assets, once a new ICT-based system that seeks to integrate personal assets is put in place, an official at the Ministry of Justice has said. The move is in line with strengthening mechanisms of assets...

Sunday, June 3, 2018, 5:00 AM

Feeder roads save Bugesera farmers from post-harvest losses

Samuel Hakizimana, a fish farmer on Lake Rweru in Bugesera District, recounts that in a single day, he supplied fish to Kigali and encountered a loss worth Rwf840,000 because of nearly impassable roads that delayed the delivery to the capital, and in the process, the fish went bad. That was about...

Thursday, May 31, 2018, 2:41 PM

Featured: REG installs dissipated power absorber for energy efficiency

The Rwanda Energy Group (REG) has installed equipment intended to absorb reactive power, a move that will help increase efficiency and stability of power system, and avert damages that might be caused by excess voltage. The shunt reactor – an absorber of reactive power –, was installed...

Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 5:00 AM

Survivors welcome final verdict in Simbikangwa Genocide trial

The umbrella of Genocide survivors’ organisations, Ibuka, and the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG) have welcomed the decision by France’s highest court to uphold the 25-year sentence for Genocide convict Pascal Simbikangwa. The Cour de Cassation, on Thursday,...

Saturday, May 26, 2018, 5:00 AM

Cooking stoves curved out of stone help save environment

Berancilla Bugenimana, 50, wakes up early in the morning, picks an iron bar, axe, and sander, and goes to look for stones to carve in her locality in Musanze District. At 6 am, she starts carving stones to make cooking stoves. She is able to make three stoves a day in the largely volcanic region...

Friday, May 25, 2018, 5:00 AM

MPs push for disaster fund as rains cause havoc

About 10,000 houses, worth an estimated Rwf24 billion, were destroyed by heavy rains that hit various parts of the country since January; this is without counting damage to infrastructure, not to mention loss of life. The disasters have led to members of the parliamentary standing committee on...

Monday, May 21, 2018, 4:57 AM

Govt urged to expedite acquisition of lightning rods

Members of Parliament have urged the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (MIDIMAR) to fast track the procurement and installation of lightning rods or lightning conductors to avert the lightening induced deaths and other damages. But, the target, which was due to be achieved in the...

Sunday, May 20, 2018, 4:28 AM

Pensioners welcome move to increase their benefits

Pensioners have welcomed the move by Rwanda Social Security Board (RSSB) to implement a presidential order increasing benefits for pensioned workers. The Presidential Order increasing pension and occupational hazards benefits granted by Rwanda Social Security Board, which was published in official...

Thursday, May 17, 2018, 5:17 AM

New app to increase farmer funding through de-risking agriculture

BK TecHouse has introduced a new technology platform that will increase funding of the agriculture sector and avoid unnecessary financial loss by farmers. The platform will improve agricultural productivity by giving lenders assurance that the money they lend will be used exactly for the right...

Thursday, May 17, 2018, 5:00 AM

BK TecHouse technology to increase farmer funding through de-risking agriculture

BK TecHouse has introduced a new technology platform that will increase funding of the agriculture sector and avoid unnecessary financial loss by farmers. The platform willimprove agricultural productivity by giving lenders assurance that the money they lend will be used exactly for the right...

Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 10:47 AM

Destroyed bridges hinder movement as govt pledges quick response

About a week ago, a $12 million Gatare Tea Factory in Nyamasheke District rejected four tonnes of tea leaves over deterioration because of delay caused by the destruction of bridges and roads due to heavy rain, Fred Rwagasana, the Managing Director of the factory told Sunday Times. The tea was...

Sunday, May 13, 2018, 12:46 AM

Crops worth Rwf4bn destroyed by heavy rains

Farmers in various parts of the country are worried after the heavy rains that have ravaged the country for the past months, submerged crops on thousands of hectares. With over 13,000 farmers, UCORIBU, a union of rice farmers’ co-operatives operating in Gisagara, Huye and Nyanza districts,...

Friday, May 11, 2018, 1:00 AM

Premier condoles with disaster victims, reassures govt support

Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente has said the Government will continue to extend immediate and long-term support to families devastated by disasters across the country. The disasters are linked to the heavy rains witnessed in different parts of the country in the recent past. Ngirente made the...

Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 1:11 AM

More evidence pins fugitive Charles Ndereyehe on Genocide

A former director-general of Rwanda Agriculture Research Institute (ISAR), Charles Ndereyehe, played a key role in planning the Genocide against the Tutsi, including and funding the Interahamwe militia to commit the Genocide, and should account for this. This was said by Philbert Rutagengwa, the...

Monday, May 7, 2018, 1:51 AM