Economy loses over Rwf200 billion through disasters

Disaster induced damages caused more than Rwf204 billion in economic losses, from January to June 2018, an assessment conducted in 15 districts most affected by disasters shows. The damages caused by the disasters — floods, landslides and lightning — included destruction of 15, 264...

Sunday, October 14, 2018, 11:18 PM

Musanze fish farmers compensated

Twelve farmers from Musanze District who lost their tilapia fish due to water contamination have been compensated to the tune of Rwf8 million by the Government. Their loss stemmed from a suspected contamination of Musanze waters, which affected three fish ponds and two rivers, and hence...

Thursday, October 11, 2018, 11:54 PM

Forecaster predicts stormy rains this week

Heavy rains mixed with violent winds which could lead to floods and landslides are expected in some parts of the country between October 9 and 13, according to latest forecasts by Rwanda Meteorology Agency. The bad weather is particularly expected in districts prone to disasters, namely...

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 12:48 AM

Rwandan coffee gets global honours

Coffeeproduced by Ngororero Coffee Washing Station in Western Province has scooped both the “Best of the Best” and “Coffee Lover’s Choice” awards in a competition that attracted brands from nine countries. The awards were announced last week in New York, during third...

Monday, October 8, 2018, 12:58 AM

Losses in horticulture produce stir up interest in value addition

Post-harvest losses in easily perishable crops such as tomatoes, pineapples and onions have pushed farmers to appeal for solutions to add value to the products so that they could last longer, such as setting up small processing factories. “We lose about 50 tonnes of pineapples every two...

Sunday, October 7, 2018, 12:31 AM

PHOTOS: BK seeks to attract long-term savings to ease interest rates

Limited deposits and savings are partly to blame for high interest charges to customers seeking loans from local financiers, BK Group Chief Executive Officer, Diane Karusisi has said. Karusisi was speaking to The Saturday Times on Friday in Kigali as the bank concluded its Customer Service...

Friday, October 5, 2018, 10:41 PM

Zimbabwe’s minister ‘moved’ by Rwanda’s unity, reconciliation gains

Rwandans defied the dire consequences of ethnic discrimination and genocide which had destroyed social cohesion to become more united, which is a valuable lesson to draw from, said Minister for Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development of the Republic of Zimbabwe. Sithembiso Nyoni made the...

Thursday, October 4, 2018, 11:16 PM

High potato prices push consumers elsewhere

The rising prices for Irish potatoes has prompted Divine Nikuze, 32, a mother of two, to resort to other alternatives. “We are paying Rwf350 for a kilogramme of small and low quality potatoes in my area,” said the resident of Gasabo District, Bumbogo Sector. “Now, eating...

Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 12:18 AM

Government seeks to revamp livestock industry with Rwf250 billion strategy

Rwanda has developed a five-year livestock masterplan with hope that it will revamp the sector, increase farmers' incomes and boost food and nutritional security. The masterplan, officials said, will lower the price of livestock products through incentives to farmers. To be effectively...

Monday, October 1, 2018, 11:13 PM

Prime Minister roots for unity within families

Sustainable unity starts from families, Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente has said, calling on Rwandans to strive for wealthy and healthy families. The Premier made the remarks on Saturday as he launched this year’s Unity and Reconciliation month in Nyagatare District’s Rukomo Sector...

Sunday, September 30, 2018, 1:53 AM

Genocide convict: Telling the truth has set me free

Elysée Uzabakiriho says he had become savage in 1994, when he mercilessly killed neighbours he had lived side by side since he was born. This was during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, and he says he spared no one in his neighbourhood in the present-day Mareba Sector in Bugesera District....

Saturday, September 29, 2018, 12:26 AM

Government ban fishing activities in Musanze waters

Authorities in Musanze District have suspended fishing activities on the different water bodies in the area where fish was mysteriously killed last week, as investigations continue to ascertain what killed the fish. Last week on Friday last week, residents of Musanze District woke up to the sight...

Thursday, September 27, 2018, 12:02 AM

Govt to replenish fish ponds, impose fines on water polluters

The Government has outlined plans which include applying ‘polluter pays principle’ as well as replenishment of River Mugara, River Mukungwa and three ponds owned by farmers in Musanze District with fresh fish following massive death of fish caused by water contamination last Friday....

Monday, September 24, 2018, 11:17 PM

Team formed to probe death of fish in Northern Province waters

A team of experts from various institutions responsible for marine life has begun an investigation into the cause of the sudden death of fish in different water bodies in Northern Province. Thousands of fish over the weekend was suddenly found dead and floating on River Mugara and River...

Monday, September 24, 2018, 1:02 AM

Rwf12.9 billion project to ease access to finance, create 30,000 agribusiness jobs

Over 30,000 jobs are expected to be created thanks to a new 5-year project intended to help grow small and medium businesses in the agricultural sector, and create non-farm jobs for rural Rwandans through easing access to funding for agribusiness SMEs’. The project specifically aims to...

Sunday, September 23, 2018, 1:22 AM

Online coffee auction fetches over Rwf300m

Twenty-five tonnes of coffee that won the 2018 Cup of Excellence Award fetched over $359,000 (over Rwf311 million) in an online auction held on Friday. The coffee was auctioned live through the internet to 87 international buyers. The Cup of Excellence is the most prestigious competition for high...

Saturday, September 22, 2018, 12:32 AM

Rwanda’s agricultural exports grow by 44% to over Rwf447b

Rwanda’s agricultural exports generated over $515.9 million (over Rwf447 billion) in a period of one year from July 2017 to June 2018, representing an increase of 44.73 per cent compared to $356.5 million (over Rwf316.8 billion) generated in the same period in 2016-2017. According to...

Friday, September 21, 2018, 8:13 AM

Rwf14 billion scheme helps build Rulindo farmers’ resilience to drought

About eight months have elapsed since Adolphe Ngirunkunda, 32, started earning Rwf25,000 per week from sales of vegetables that he grows during the dry season in a farm which he could previously not cultivate as he had no irrigation system. “I had grown bell pepper and I harvested about five...

Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 12:24 AM

How African youth are leveraging ICTs to tap into Africa’s agribusiness market

 Though Africa has the world’s youngest population with 60 per cent being under 35 years old, Africa Development Bank (AfDB) statistics show that the average age of farmers in Africa is 60 years. This is with 420 million youth aged 15-35 and this segment of the population is expected to...

Monday, September 17, 2018, 10:55 PM

Rwandan nominated for Rwf160m Innovation Prize

A Rwandan entrepreneur, Henri Nyakarundi, who developed a renewable energy App that helps connect rural communities to solar-power device charging and internet has featured on a list of top 10 nominees for the African Innovation Foundation (AIF)’s 2018 Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA...

Sunday, September 16, 2018, 12:41 AM