Agriculture

COVID-19: Agric activities continue during lockdown

The Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources has issued instructions aimed at helping farmers get needed services amid the coronavirus lockdown. “Essential services continue to be delivered so that food chain is not disrupted,” a statement signed by Gerardine Mukeshimana,...

Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 12:30am

Minister, lawmakers call for fresh measures to shore up agric lending

In the absence of an agriculture bank, there is a need to ensure that the sector receives “a fair share” of loans from local lenders, the Minister for Agriculture and Animal Resources has said. Gérardine Mukeshimana was appearing before the Chamber of Deputies’ standing...

Friday, March 13, 2020 - 10:29pm

Tea prospects look favourable for 2020

After three years of grappling with declining prices on international market and low productivity due to unfavourable weather conditions, tea businesses could see a rebound in 2020. The average price of Rwanda tea reduced from $3.21 per kilogramme in 2017 to $2.93 a kilogramme in 2018, before...

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 12:21am

Farmers urged to regularly inspect their fields as locusts’ threat looms

In a bid to prepare the country to combat desert locusts, the agriculture ministry has partnered with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to monitor closely information about the movement of these migratory pests in the region. That is a tactic contained in a press release which the...

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 4:32pm

Govt prioritises 6 agricultural products to reduce trade deficit

The Ministry of Trade and Industry has said that they are prioritising agro-processing for six products; sugar, aquaculture, edible oils, rice, fertilizer and maize so as to recapture the domestic market and lower the imports. Sam Kamugisha, the Director-General for Industry at the Ministry of...

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 12:17am

PM Ngirente: Agriculture is full of opportunities

Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente has challenged leaders to help farmers make most of public investments brought to them by the Government and its partners. He made the call Friday while on a working visit to Kirehe District, Eastern Province where he was accompanied by several senior government...

Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 12:19am

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 - 12:14pm

Farmers appeal for ease of access to credit

Local farmer, already grappling with challenges of climate change and poor seeds, have appealed for increased access to finance. The farmers made the appeal on Friday during a dialogue organised by the Rwanda Development Organisation (RDO), which aimed to address the challenges that they face...

Monday, December 9, 2019 - 12:51pm

Africa spends $35 billion annually on food imports

Africa should be able to feed all her people without any problems, Benjamin Laag, Counsellor for Economic Cooperation at the Germany Embassy in Abidjan, said last week at the 2019 Conference on Land Policy in Africa, in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. Laag emphasised the importance of good land...

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 12:09am

Relief as garlic farmers set to get Rwf1.3bn processing plant

Garlic farmers have reason to smile after the construction of a Rwf1.3 billion garlic processing plant and seven dry shelters began in Musanze District. It is set to be completed within the next five months. The dry shelters are being constructed in different sectors of Musanze District while...

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 1:48am

New partnership to advance open data in Rwanda’s agriculture sector

The Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN), a UK and US government supported initiative that promotes proactive sharing of open data, has announced its commitment to work in Rwanda. The initiative works with different partners to make information about agriculture and nutrition...

Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 12:12am

Rubona agricultural researchers urged to share findings with public

Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente on Tuesday advised researchers at Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB’s) Rubona research station in Huye District to always share their research information with the public. That way, the premier said on his final leg of his two-day tour of Southern Province, the...

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 12:47pm

UN report identifies where global harvests will rise and fall by 2050

The United Nations (UN) released a report last week identifying future winners and losers in agriculture as the planet warms from the effects of climate change. The report titled "The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets 2018" has attempted to study the relationship between...

Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 1:20am

How can African governments trigger a green revolution?

Last week, a number of African leaders were meeting in Kigali, for the Africa Green Revolution Forumb (AGRF) and to discuss how to use agriculture as a way to transform African economies faster. This year the big question was: Will this forum be different from others or will it turn out to be just...

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 12:26am

As long as there are people, there will be money in agriculture

All the people who matter in agriculture – heads of state and government, ministers of agriculture, heads of international organisations, scientists, financiers, and so on–were in Kigali last week to talk about how to make agriculture profitable. They had been brought together by the...

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 12:10am

Agric transformation: African govts should lead from the front

Last week Kigali hosted a high-level summit of African Green Revolution Forum, which attracted key players in the agriculture sector from across the continent and beyond. Delegates at such conferences are always grappling with the same question: how can agriculture be more productive and...

Monday, September 10, 2018 - 12:32am

Agriculture summit closes with investment commitments

The African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), the continent’s most influential gathering around Africa’s largest economic sector, concluded Saturday in Kigali, with ambitious commitments to deliver billions of dollars in new investments to African farms and agribusinesses.  The forum...

Monday, September 10, 2018 - 12:14am

Lack of farmers’ participation in policy formulation hurting agric output – survey

Rwanda’s agriculture output is still low, in part because policy-makers do not involve farmers in the process of formulating policies. This is according to a recent survey by Transparency International (TIR) that was carried out in two districts of Kayonza and Nyanza in Eastern and Southern...

Friday, September 7, 2018 - 11:46pm

Experts push for risk sharing facilities in agriculture

Limited access to capital remains a critical challenge for people engaged in agriculture, leading to low levels of investment in the sector despite its strategic importance in improving people’s livelihoods. At the ongoing African Green Revolution Forum in Kigali, it emerged that access to...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 8:44am

With zero-energy storage facilities, post-harvest losses are set to drop

High losses incurred by horticulture farmers are set to reduce thanks to a new cost effective technology for cooling and storing produce. The technology, dubbed Zero-energy Cool Chamber (ZECC), is seen as a timely boost to horticulture farmers who have been losing up to 40 per cent of their...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 2:21am