Meet seeks increased youth participation in agriculture

Agriculture policymakers will next week convene in Kigali as they seek for ideas on how to increase youth participation in the sector by using Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to boost job opportunities and strengthen efforts against food insecurity. From August 20-21, 2018, Rwanda...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 2:06 AM

Optimising farm productivity is my priority – FAO envoy Gbehounou

Dr Gualbert Gbehounou was last month appointed the Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) Representative to Rwanda. In an interview with The New Times’ Emmanuel Ntirenganya, he outlines his plans, including promoting integrated farming practices where farmers can engage in food...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 1:09 AM

Specialty coffee production projected to hit 80% by 2020

Rwanda’s specialty coffee production rate moved from almost zero in 2000 to 58 per cent in 2017 and projected to grow to 80 per cent of total coffee produce by 2020. This is according to statistics from the National Agriculture Exports Development Board (NAEB). Specialty coffee is one that...

Monday, August 13, 2018, 10:28 PM

Conference to rally youth to use ICTs in fight against hunger

African countries are looking for ways to engage the youth to participate in farming by using Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) as they bid to boost job opportunities and strengthening efforts against hunger. From August 20 to 21, 2018, Rwanda will host a conference themed “...

Monday, August 13, 2018, 12:26 PM

Conference to rally youth to use ICTs in fight against hunger

African countries are looking for ways to engage the youth to participate in farming by using Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) as they bid to boost job opportunities and strengthening efforts against hunger. From August 20 to 21, 2018, Rwanda will host a conference themed “...

Monday, August 13, 2018, 12:23 PM

How new property tax law will affect you

The Government has raised taxes on land. The new prices are contained in the new bill determining the sources of revenue and property of decentralised entities. According to the draft law, which was passed by Parliament on August 2, the tax rate on a parcel of land varies between zero and Rwf300...

Monday, August 13, 2018, 1:08 AM

Regional coffee players target domestic market

Regional coffee growers, exporters and sector policy makers are turning their focus to domestic consumption, a move they say is intended to cushion them against fluctuations on the international market, which sometimes adversely affects their incomes. They were speaking Friday at the official...

Sunday, August 12, 2018, 1:42 AM

Agric forum to focus on ways to reduce Africa’s food imports

Rwanda is set to host the 2018 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) next month to discuss solutions to problems challenging smallholder farmers amid reports that the continent spends tens of billions of dollars on food imports annually. According to statistics from the African Development Bank (...

Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 12:27 AM

Rwanda launches search for investors in bed nets factory

Failure to secure an investor who meets the standards set by World Health Organisation (WHO) is holding back plans to construct a mosquito net plant in Rwanda. The Government first mooted the idea of constructing a factory to manufacture treated mosquito nets, locally, in 2015 following widespread...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018, 2:00 AM

Livestock farmers want timely vaccinations

Livestock farmers have appealed to the government to ensure that cows get timely vaccination in order to effectively control deadly epidemics in cattle. The appeal comes after an outbreak of Rift Valley Fever – a deadly and infectious viral disease – killed 154 cows countrywide since...

Monday, August 6, 2018, 2:40 AM

Local agribusiness entrepreneurs keen on Green Revolution funding

African entrepreneurs in agribusiness have a chance to secure funding to scale up their business during the Africa Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) due in Kigali next month. The forum, slated for September 5-8, in Kigali, will attract entrepreneurs working along the agriculture value chain and they...

Saturday, August 4, 2018, 12:01 AM

Relief for farmers as ban on livestock movement is lifted

Farmers from the Eastern Province can now sell their animals without restriction after government lifted the ban it had imposed on livestock movement in response to an outbreak of Rift Valley Fever – a deadly and infectious cattle viral disease. The Ministry of Agriculture and Animal...

Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 1:32 AM

Farmers urged to use new drug to fight drug resistant ticks

The Government has called on farmers to embrace a new locally manufactured drug in the country’s battle to fight tick-borne diseases. The appeal comes in the wake of cattle deaths stemming from mixing livestock drugs with crop pesticides by farmers as they desperately  sought for...

Sunday, July 29, 2018, 11:55 PM

Civil society pushes for food fortification

Civil society organisations are advocating for increased access to biofortified crops and food as one of the solutions to combat malnutrition and end stunted growth among children. Biofortified crops and foods are those whose nutritional value has been enhanced.  Rwanda targeted to reduce...

Friday, July 27, 2018, 1:09 AM

Modi, Xi root for peace as they pay tribute to genocide victims

Caption: Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi (left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping pay their respects to victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. (Courtesy)   Chinese President Xi Jinping and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi have paid tribute to the victims of the...

Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 10:30 AM

New online system to ease PAYE, social security payments

Employers will be able to make online declarations and pay taxes as well as social security contributions for their employees thanks to a new unified declaration system. The online-based declaration for Pay as You Earn (PAYE), pension and occupational hazards, medical and maternity leave benefits...

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 2:29 AM

New partnership to reduce Rwanda’s seed import bill

Rwanda’s annual maize seed imports are set to drop drastically thanks to a new private sector partnership that seeks to produce hybrid seed locally and address challenges of delays in quality seed distribution to farmers, signatories of the cooperation have said. The partnership was...

Friday, July 20, 2018, 1:06 AM

Pensioners fault laws for denying them access to their benefits

Jean Baptiste Ntakirutimana has not yet got any retirement benefits since he returned from exile in 2005. The 79-year-old says he has been leading a miserable life because he cannot access his pension benefits. He does not have any other source of income, he says. A resident of Save Sector in...

Thursday, July 19, 2018, 11:54 PM

Inside Rwanda’s growing herbal medicine industry

When the stinging nettle (Igisura) healed her father of liver disease (hepatitis) a while back, Janvière Ingabire picked interest in the magic herb. She went a step further when she decided to preserve the herb by growing it as a vegetable plant before she started processing it into juice, wine...

Monday, July 16, 2018, 11:21 PM

Young innovators develop solar-powered technology to manage farming remotely

Farmers will be able to manage farming practices such as effective irrigation of their crops without necessarily being at their farms thanks to a solar-powered technology developed by Rwandan young innovators. The technology uses solar-fueled sensors and irrigation to collect data on soil...

Sunday, July 15, 2018, 12:14 AM