Africa still wary of GMOs

With Africa being the most food insecure region with over 250 million people going hungry in 2018, compared to the world’s total 821 million hungry people, scientists in crops and food are advocating for leveraging science and technology to address this urgent issue.   One of the means...

Wednesday, August 7, 2019, 12:00 AM

Africa off track to end food insecurity – experts warn

A food security crisis looms in Africa, experts and leaders in the agriculture sector have warned, calling for urgent action for the continent to meet its goal to end hunger by 2025. They made the call on Monday in Kigali during the Africa Food Security Leadership Dialogue—which seeks to...

Tuesday, August 6, 2019, 12:00 AM

Health minister urges ‘contact tracing’ to prevent Ebola spread

The Ministry of Health has said that people should effectively report any Ebola case, as well as wash their hands at border crossings as a means of preventing the spreading of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Dr Diane Gashumba, the Minister of Health, told Sunday Times that the first preventive measure...

Sunday, August 4, 2019, 1:14 AM

Inside Rwanda’s new livestock insurance scheme

Some dairy farmers have started getting compensated for their lost cows under the auspices of the agriculture and livestock insurance scheme that was launched in April this year. Actors in agriculture and livestock sector contend that this plan to protect farmers from incurring future losses is...

Sunday, August 4, 2019, 1:11 AM

Ex-Interahamwe head confesses 25 years later, exposes genocide plot toexterminate the Tutsi

Emmanuel Habimana, alias Cyasa, from the current Ngoma District on Thursday confessed to crimes he committed during the 1994 genocide against Tutsi and revealed how it was plotted. The father of three was among 15 Genocide convicts who admitted and confessed to their crimes during a reconciliation...

Saturday, August 3, 2019, 12:00 AM

Varsity gets three-month ultimatum to pay up salary arrears

Government has given a three month ultimatum to Christian University of Rwanda (CHUR) to fix accumulated debts, largely stemming from arrears in staff salaries and other statutory obligations like income tax and remittances towards pension. The warning is contained in a letter to the private...

Wednesday, July 31, 2019, 12:00 AM

French bean farmers decry high pesticide cost

The cost for an imported effective pesticide used in controlling disease attacking French beans is high, farmers have said, calling for interventions such as government subsidies to make it affordable. Farmers told Sunday Times that the pesticide called Ortva costs over Rwf150,000 a litre, and...

Sunday, July 28, 2019, 12:00 AM

Audit recommends use of technology to cut import tariff on wood products

Inadequate technology in wood processing is costing Rwanda millions of dollars on importing wood-related products, a new audit has revealed, calling for government subsidies for the industry. The audit was carried out on 127 wood processing enterprises in 10 districts, which were randomly selected...

Friday, July 26, 2019, 10:51 AM

Insurance: Senior citizen receives Rwf700,000 in compensation for loss of cow

During the severe drought that hit Rwanda in 2015 and 2016, Jean Damascene Karani, a livestock farmer from Nyagatare District lost 30 cows. The 79-year-old considered quitting farming after the prolonged drought devastated Eastern Province, leading to severe shortage of pasture and water. ...

Thursday, July 25, 2019, 12:57 PM

Horticulture: Rwanda’s new cash cow

Inside an expansive warehouse at the National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB), it is a beehive of activity on a Wednesday morning. Workers carry plastic crates full of vegetables and fruits, while others are sorting them before sealing them, ready for the cold room before they can be...

Monday, July 22, 2019, 12:43 AM

Audit reveals gaps in fruit and vegetable processing

Only an estimated 18.3 per cent of fruits and 1.5 per cent of vegetables produced in Rwanda are processed or given added value, an audit by the National Industrial Research and Development Agency (NIRDA) has found. The technology audit for fruits and vegetables value chain was carried out to...

Sunday, July 21, 2019, 12:24 AM

Karongi accident death toll rises to 11

The number of victims in the grisly accident that occurred in Karongi District on Tuesday morning has increased to 11, after three more people succumbed to injuries. The accident that occurred along the Karongi-Rusizi highway involving a passenger service omnibus had left 17 people injured, who...

Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 12:00 AM

Cyangugu Anglican Diocese gets new bishop

The newly elected Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Cyangugu, Rev. Francis Karemera has said that he will focus his religious service on encouraging people to further their relations with God, and foster their love through small groups to improve their welfare. The 59-year-old Karemera...

Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 12:00 AM

Eight die, 17 injured in car accident in Karongi

Eight people died Tuesday morning, and 17 others were injured, after a passenger service vehicle skidded and rolled off the road, ending up about 40 metres from the Karongi-Rusizi highway. The coaster omnibus with registration number RAB 833 V, which belongs to Ugusenga Transport Company, was...

Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 12:01 PM

Production costs to factor in Irish potato prices

The Ministry of Trade and Industry has set new prices for Irish potatoes which have taken into consideration various factors including varieties and costs of production in every district. The new tariffs which are applicable to the current farming season, are contained in a statement released on...

Sunday, July 14, 2019, 1:03 AM

Momentum builds up ahead of CHOGM 2020 in Kigali

Foreign Affairs minister Dr Richard Sezibera this week reiterated Rwanda’s readiness to host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2020. He was addressing a meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs drawn from across the Commonwealth, an organisation of 54 nations, mostly former...

Friday, July 12, 2019, 12:07 AM

Govt sets aside Rwf1.3bn for Rurambi marshland

The Government has allocated Rwf1.3 billion to fund the restoration of the 850-hectareRurambimarshland. There had been widespread concerns over lack of funds to develop the marshland which was degraded by devastating floods that destroyed rice plantations. About 650 hectares of the wetland...

Sunday, July 7, 2019, 12:48 AM

Rwf20 billion for C’wealth summit

Rwanda has allocated over Rwf20.1 billion to various preparatory activities ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) due in Kigali next year. Among priority areas the Heads of State and Government will consider during the 2020 CHOGM, include security, development challenges,...

Saturday, July 6, 2019, 12:27 AM

Kwibohora25: Rwanda’s milk revolution

The number of cows in Rwanda grew from just 172,000 in the immediate aftermath of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi to 1.3 million currently, according to figures from the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources.. Milk production went up from over 7.2 million litres per year in 1994 to 817...

Friday, July 5, 2019, 12:00 AM

From banishment to being integral members of society; the story of Rwandan Muslims

It’s Sunday,around noon, and over 5,000 people are packed in the main auditorium of the Kigali Convention Centre for a continental gathering bringing together Muslim believers from across Africa. They are here for the 8h edition of the Rwanda International Competition of the Holy Quran,...

Thursday, July 4, 2019, 2:22 AM

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