Rwanda’s tea exports rise by 8 percent

Rwandan tea export revenues from July to November 2019 increased by 8 percent to over Rwf33.2 billion ($36 million) from Rwf30.8 billion (over $33.5 million) recorded in the same period of the previous year, the National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB) has announced. In...

Sunday, January 12, 2020, 12:00 AM

Vegetable export revenues up by 47%

Between July and November 2019, exactly 11,292 tonnes of fresh vegetables were exported earning the country more than $7.5 million (over Rwf6.9 billion). This is according to latest statistics from the National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB) which were announced on Wednesday....

Thursday, January 9, 2020, 5:07 PM

Food prices expected to stabilise

Prices of beans have gone down since the beginning of the New Year after hitting a record high late last year, according to market players along the value chain. The recent hike in commodity prices, mainly between October and December 2019, was attributed to the shortage experienced in the...

Thursday, January 9, 2020, 12:00 AM

Rwanda pilots ‘revolutionary’ potato seeds

The Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) has started testing True Potato Seeds, which are produced by Solynta, a Dutch firm that develops hybrid potatoes. True Potato Seeds are collected from the berries or fruits of the potato plant. One of the benefits of such seeds is that as opposed to using 2,...

Saturday, January 4, 2020, 12:00 AM

Law sets tougher punishments for terrorism, money laundering

The new law on prevention and punishment of money laundering, financing terrorism or proliferation of weapons of mass destruction has set higher penalties against such acts in. It was approved by parliament on Monday, December 30, 2019. Speaking on Monday from Parliamentary Buildings, Prof....

Saturday, January 4, 2020, 12:00 AM

Conflict, climate disasters threaten food security – WFP

A new decade may have dawned but there is little cause for fresh optimism in countries and regions where conflict, political instability and climate disasters are threatening the food security of millions of people, a new report by the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) suggests. The WFP...

Saturday, January 4, 2020, 12:00 AM

Zinia market to get Rwf300 million facelift

Zinia Market located in Kicukiro Sector of Kicukiro District is set for an upgrade in a bid to improve its hygiene and the quality of facilities. Poor hygiene and dilapidated facilities are among the problems that Member of Parliament identified at the market during their tours that sought to...

Friday, January 3, 2020, 12:00 AM

Over 30,000 smartphones pledged under Connect Rwanda challenge

The Rwanda Connect Challenge – a campaign which seeks to mobilise people to contribute to providing smartphones to Rwandans who cannot afford them – has so far received more than 31,000 smartphone pledge, the Minister of ICT and Innovation has said. Paula Ingabire made the disclosure...

Thursday, January 2, 2020, 12:00 AM

City sets up fund for financing neighbourhoods roads

The City of Kigali in conjunction with Rwanda Transport Development Agency are in the process of setting up a fund to co-finance roads in partnership with residents. The plan was disclosed Monday when Members of Parliament were presenting to the City of Kigali the general picture from an...

Tuesday, December 31, 2019, 1:40 AM

CNLG to use technology to search for genocide victims’ remains

The use of technology to search remains of victims of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi is a strategy that the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG) is thinking about, its Executive Secretary has said. “We will include it in the budget [planning] for the next fiscal year...

Sunday, December 29, 2019, 12:00 AM

Agriculture insurance scheme, a milestone for the sector in 2019

Actors in agriculture and livestock sector contend that the National Agriculture Insurance Scheme, launched in April this year in Nyanza district, is one of the major milestones that the sector has ever had. This plan which intends to cushion farmers against losses caused by disease and...

Saturday, December 28, 2019, 12:00 AM

Diaspora Rwandans call for laws punishing genocide denial abroad

Rwandans living and working abroad have challenged the Senate to push for the enactment of laws punishing denial and minimisation of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi, globally. They made the appeal on Monday in Kigali during a meeting with the Rwanda Senate. The meeting intended to encourage...

Tuesday, December 24, 2019, 1:48 AM

Informal worker pension scheme integrated into ‘Imihigo’

Mobilising more savings into EjoHeza Long Term Savings Scheme has been integrated into districts’ performance contracts – Imihigo – for the financial year 2019/2020, Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente has said. The Premier was speaking during the 2019 National Umushyikirano...

Sunday, December 22, 2019, 12:00 AM

Farmers to earn higher prices from tea exports

The price that farmers get for a kilogramme of tea leaves will increase in this farming season following an increase in prices for processed tea on the international market. The decision was announced by the National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB). Farmers will now earn 50 per...

Friday, December 20, 2019, 3:26 PM

Government reviews anti-money laundering laws

The government on Wednesday tabled before the Parliament two anti-money laundering draft laws as it bids to raise confidence in the country’s financial system. The draft laws; one establishing a financial intelligence centre and another on prevention, detection of money laundering,...

Thursday, December 19, 2019, 11:22 AM

CNLG wants Genocide memorial at ex-Ruhengeri court premises

The National Commission for the Fight against the Genocide (CNLG) seeks to have Muhoza Genocide Memorial in Musanze town set up on the grounds of the former ‘Cour d’Appel de Ruhengeri (Ruhengeri Court of Appeal). At these premises, more than 300 Tutsi were killed during the 1994...

Thursday, December 19, 2019, 12:00 AM

Interest rate on loans for vulnerable slashed to 2%

Loans that attract 2 percent interest rate are now being disbursed to needy people, Justine Gatsinzi, Social Protection Division Manager at Local Administrative Entities Development Agency (LODA), has said. Gatsinzi told The New Times that 8,868 projects of the needy citizens were given over...

Thursday, December 19, 2019, 12:00 AM

Rwanda chapter of Commonwealth women MPs elect new committee

The extraordinary General Assembly of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Rwanda Chapter has unanimously elected MP Francesca Tengera Twikirize as its chairperson and MP Laetitia Nyinawamwiza as its vice-chairperson. Tengera replaces MP Justine Mukobwa to the post, which has a three-...

Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 1:39 PM

CNLG shines spotlight on Genocide convicts who have evaded justice

Some people who were convicted of Genocide crimes by Gacaca courts have been on the run in an attempt to evade justice, the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG) has said. The disclosure was made on Monday, December 16, 2019, as CNLG was appearing before the parliamentary...

Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 12:00 AM

Govt to develop quality cheese for export

The National Industrial Research and Development Agency (NIRDA) will from January next year embark on a study aimed at developing good quality Made in Rwanda cheese, Olivier Kamana, NIRDA’s Head of Applied Research and Development Department has said. He indicated that lack of quality...

Sunday, December 15, 2019, 12:00 AM

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