Agriculture & Farming

New maize price set as harvest starts

Farmers have welcomed favourable new maize prices which were set at the onset of harvest season, according to Maize Farmers' Cooperatives Federation in Rwanda. According to prices announced recently by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MINICOM), a kilogramme of maize is now Rwf223,...

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 1:43am

Young innovators develop solar-powered technology to manage farming remotely

Farmers will be able to manage farming practices such as effective irrigation of their crops without necessarily being at their farms thanks to a solar-powered technology developed by Rwandan young innovators. The technology uses solar-fueled sensors and irrigation to collect data on soil...

Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 12:21am

Rwanda launches Rwf2.7 trillion agriculture development strategy

Rwanda has launched the fourth Agriculture Transformation Strategy (PSTA4) that is designed to significantly increase farm productivity and promote value addition to food. The six-year plan, which runs from 2018 until 2024, will cost Rw2.7 trillion, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and...

Friday, June 29, 2018 - 3:21pm

KCB Rwanda hosts talk on financing for smallholder farmers

Agriculture financing in most African countries accounts for about 16% to 70% of the total monetary value of produced goods and services – gross domestic product (GDP) – yet, the sector gets only about 5% of the total loans by banks and other financial institutions. This was said...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 9:51am

Agriculture’s bad medicine

Around the world, antibiotics are being misused in livestock production, which is leading to an uptick in antibiotic resistance in humans. To stem the global threat, the world needs a new multilateral treaty that incentivizes farmers to scale back their prophylactic use of antimicrobial drugs. SAN...

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 11:44pm

Listening to Africa’s future farmers

NAIROBI – Africa is in the midst of a youth employment crisis. By 2035, some 350 million new jobs will be needed, and agriculture, the continent’s biggest industry, could provide the bulk of them. But at the moment, young Africans are shunning life on the farm for work in the city. If...

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 12:42am