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Booming charcoal business fuels deforestation fears

An estimated 61,240 sacks of charcoal, equivalent to 380 hectares of forest cover are supplied to the City of Kigali every week, according to official figures, fuelling fears of deforestation. “The figures are alarming and suggest how we are approaching desertification if the status quo...

Friday, November 27, 2020, 4:15 PM

Crafts centre needs revamp, MPs say

The Chamber of Deputies has expressed concern over low productivity of Integrated Craft Product Centres (ICPCs) locally known as “Udukiriro", calling for firm actions to ensure their profitability. They expressed the concern on Thursday, November 26, 2020 during the Lower House’...

Friday, November 27, 2020, 10:03 AM

MPs task govt to expedite mineral revenue sharing with communities

The Chamber of Deputies has tasked the government to accelerate the implementation of a proposal to share a percentage of proceeds from minerals with communities living near mining sites. The request stems from the Cabinet decision of September 13, 2016, which resolved that 10 per cent...

Thursday, November 26, 2020, 11:40 AM

Beverage companies call for local glass bottle factory

Beverage makers have called for the establishment of a factory to manufacture glass made bottles after the Rwanda Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) reinforced the ban on packaging alcoholic drinks in plastic bottles. The circular on the prohibition of packaging alcoholic drinks in plastic...

Tuesday, November 24, 2020, 9:47 PM

Rwanda records slight deficit in public spending

Rwanda recorded a budget shortfall of Rwf1.7 billion in the first quarter of the 2020/2021 fiscal year, according to the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning.   From July to September 2020, the country had planned to spend Rwf887.6 billion but instead spent Rwf885.9 billion, reflecting...

Tuesday, November 24, 2020, 4:53 PM

Lawmakers want study on proposed agric bank

Lack of a bank that exclusively serves the agriculture sector is affecting the productivity of the sector, MP Théogène Munyangeyo, has said, calling for a study to create one. With the agriculture sector employing more than 70 per cent of Rwanda’s working population, the sector is...

Tuesday, November 24, 2020, 11:21 AM

MPs urge govt to beef up Covid-19 measures in schools

Members of Parliament have resolved that the Office of the Prime Minister have in place special measures to prevent the Covid-19 pandemic among students particularly those in boarding schools, within one month. This is one of the resolutions by the Chamber of Deputies on Monday, November 23, as...

Monday, November 23, 2020, 4:17 PM

FEATURED: New push for local production of vegetable seeds

AgriProFocus Rwanda in partnership with HortInvest Project, National Agriculture Export Development Board (NAEB), and farmers' organisations have called for measures to subsidise vegetable seed prices by for instance encouraging domestic production so that they can be accessed by more...

Monday, November 23, 2020, 12:00 AM

PM Ngirente urges business community to sustain fight against Covid-19 and its effects

Best taxpayers were on Friday, November 20, 2020, recognised for their resolute efforts to pay taxes to sustain the government's development agenda in the financial year 2019/2020. They were honoured during the 18th Edition of the Taxpayers Appreciation Day celebrated at the Kigali...

Saturday, November 21, 2020, 4:11 PM

All schoolchildren to get meals as government reviews policy

The school feeding programme is set to change in order to cater to all primary and secondary school children once the proposed policy by the Ministry of Education comes into force Under the proposed policy, parents’ contribution to the school feeding programme will be compulsory....

Friday, November 20, 2020, 7:27 AM

Africa’s agribusinesses need innovative financing to sustain operations: report

The latest outlook for Africa’s agribusiness sector shows that access to finance is the greatest priority for businesses to sustain and grow their operations in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Conducted by KPMG East Africa on behalf of AGRA, the survey sought to gain insights...

Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 12:00 PM

Govt to recruit 580 nursery teachers

The number of teachers in pre-primary schools who are on government payroll is set to be increased from the current 33 to 613 in this fiscal year, according to the ministry of education. The Minister of Education, Valentine Uwamariya, made the disclosure on Monday, November 16, during a press...

Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 12:35 AM

Why Parliament has summoned four cabinet ministers

Parliament late last week resolved to summon four ministers to provide verbal explanations on varying recurrent issues that have been affecting the performance of their affiliate institutions and agencies. The summons which was channelled through the Office of Prime Minister, are in line with...

Monday, November 16, 2020, 11:10 AM

Parliament tasks Prime Minister to handle BDF management issues

The Chamber of Deputies has resolved that Prime Minister, Edouard Ngirente, should address major issues that were identified in the governance and operations of the Business Development Fund (BDF), as well as its collaboration with its beneficiaries with aim to help it to deliver yield that was...

Friday, November 13, 2020, 12:00 AM

Why Rwanda needs healthcare specialists for the elderly

Rwanda has only one geriatrician currently, according to Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC). This statistic suggests that there is one specialist in the elderly’s healthcare for around 707,000 old people (aged 60 years and above) in 2020 as per estimates from the National Institute of Statistics...

Friday, November 13, 2020, 12:00 AM

‘Sambaza’ consumers call for reduction in price

At a fish sale zone in Kimironko Market in Kigali, a lady pays Rwf9,000 for a kilogramme of fried sardine fish locally commonly known as ‘sambaza’ despite frowning at the high price. “Rwf9,000 for a kilogramme of sardine fish is a high cost, but I manage to cover it because I...

Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 12:56 AM

Countries warned against ‘hoarding’ as headway is made towards vaccine

A Covid-19 vaccine candidate developed by Pfizer and BioNTech was found to be more than 90 percent effective in preventing the Covid-19 in participants without evidence of prior infection of the viral respiratory disease. The developers announced the results on Monday, November 09, 2020, based...

Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 11:23 PM

Treatment campaign launched as swine disease kills over 370 pigs

The swine erysipelas has killed 379 pigs, or 0.67 per cent of 56,706 pig population in the three affected districts of Rwamagana, Kicukiro and Gasabo District, according to statistics from Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB). The first case of the highly infectious...

Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 1:25 AM

Swine disease outbreak hits pig farms in three districts

The Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) has said that the disease that has affected some pig farms in the districts of Rwamagana (in Eastern Province), Kicukiro and Gasabo (in the City of Kigali) is swine erysipelas—a bacterial illness that mainly stems from poor hygiene on the farm. In a...

Monday, November 9, 2020, 1:45 PM

FEATURED: Rwanda Red Cross provides food relief to 2,400 families affected by Covid-19

Theopiste Nsanzintwari found himself in a situation where he was not sure whether he would get the next meal for a six-member family when he lost a teaching job due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The resident of Shyogwe Sector in Muhanga District has a wife and five children. He said he has been...

Monday, November 9, 2020, 12:00 AM

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