The Institute of Science and Technological Research (IRST) has showcased over 200 plant species, including trees and shrubs, useful for agriculture and pastoral communities of Rwanda.
During an exhibition that was staged yesterday, a book titled ‘Know some useful Trees and Shrubs for Agriculture and Pastoral Communities of Rwanda’ was launched and it contains scientific evidence of improving agriculture while preserving the environment.
Officiating at the launch of the book, Dr. Charles Murigande, the Minister of Education, commended the work accomplished by IRST and urged other researchers to engage in research that will change the lives of Rwandans.
Murigande also called upon Rwandans to apply the knowledge presented in the book to preserve the environment while ensuring sustainable development.
“This book was not published to be kept in shelves; it is meant to guide students, lecturers and other researchers to expand the boundaries of knowledge necessary to transform socio-economic lifestyles of Rwandans,” said Murigande.
According to Dr Jean Baptiste Nduwayezu, the Director of IRST who is also the main author, the book contains scientific research based on skills by experts and is designed to improve agricultural productivity while keeping Rwanda green.
The book which took two years to write is the work of five researchers including three from IRST, Christopher K Ruffo, a senior Botanist from Tanzania, and Samuel Nshutiyayesu from Burundi.
Over 500 copies so far produced will be distributed to various institutions, among them schools and farmers’ cooperatives.’