Farming

From medicines to car seats, Rwanda seeks to maximise cows value chain

A new scheme dubbed, ‘Cow in the Car, that seeks to leverage science and technology to get more returns from cowhides, horns, and fats, is set to help improve the country’s livestock value chain.   The project is being spearheaded by the National Industrial Research and...

Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 8:07pm

Livestock farmers told to keep off disease infested zone

Local government officials in Eastern Province have warned farmers against seeking for pasture for their animals in Gabiro military training centre, describing the area as an animal disease infested zone. Gatsibo, Kayonza and Nyagatare districts were hit with an outbreak of foot and mouth disease...

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 12:46am

Overcoming the ‘chocolate lament’ through agribusiness

One of the key findings of the agriculture status report launched at this year’s African Green Revolution Forum in Kigali is that our governments understand what should be done to trigger economic transformation through farming. This was to be expected, especially given the Comprehensive...

Friday, September 14, 2018 - 11:34pm

Women farmers to benefit from $250 million project

Women farmers will soon benefit from a project that seeks to promote sustainable agriculture by involving them in policy making and budgeting. The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) and the Arab Bank for Economic Development will inject $250 million to implement the five-year project in...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 12:35am

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

Achieving solutions with farmers isn’t radical: why is it so hard?

A stranger enters the room, from another world, and tells a long-time team to do things differently. The chances of a great outcome, based on human psychology, are not great. Most of us are used to the way we do things, and only sometimes dying for a chance to change. We also prefer to hear...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 12:23am

The untapped potential of rabbit farming in Rwanda

27-year-old university graduate Eric Manirakiza’s rabbits increased from 100 in 2016 to 2,900 currently as his entreprise has been steadily growing. But recently, he was unable to supply a 15 tonne-rabbit meat export market per month to Belgium as his production is far less than the demand....

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 11:10pm

Young farmer makes fortune from exploiting land using mechanisation

WHEN Theophile Uzayisenga graduated from University of Rwanda in 2014 with a degree in agronomy, job opportunities did not come as easily as he expected. He tried working as an agronomist but later gave up to seek employment in temporary occupations. The 30-year-old from Karongi District realised...

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 12:47am

Medical student dabbling in bee farming shares entrepreneurial lessons

Bonaventure Niyoyita is a medical student and entrepreneur behind the ‘Youth Engaged in Apitherapy’,  a firm that rears bees for honey in Kamonyi District. He is a student of General Medicine and Surgery at the University of Rwanda. His business venture aims at helping get youth...

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 8:43pm

Optimising farm productivity is my priority – FAO envoy Gbehounou

Dr Gualbert Gbehounou was last month appointed the Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) Representative to Rwanda. In an interview with The New Times’ Emmanuel Ntirenganya, he outlines his plans, including promoting integrated farming practices where farmers can engage in food...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 9:57am

How farmers set up coffee washing station from Rwf1,000 contributions

For most people, Rwf1000 is a little amount that cannot do much. But for a group of coffee farmers in Nyamasheke District, it was enough to start an investment to boost their productivity. When coffee farmers in Macuba Sector, Nyamasheke District set out to form a cooperative and start a coffee...

Monday, August 13, 2018 - 11:21pm

Livestock farmers want timely vaccinations

Livestock farmers have appealed to the government to ensure that cows get timely vaccination in order to effectively control deadly epidemics in cattle. The appeal comes after an outbreak of Rift Valley Fever – a deadly and infectious viral disease – killed 154 cows countrywide since...

Monday, August 6, 2018 - 8:55am

Farmers upbeat over new potato varieties

Irish potato farmers can breathe a sigh of relief after Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) introduced new potato varieties, which are heat resistant. The Board, in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), on Wednesday launched the first batch of six new potato...

Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 12:12am

Why agriculture growth projections are going down

Although agriculture contributes significantly to the country’s economy, its growth projections continue to go down, comparing to the past years while industry and service sector growth projections maintain an upward trend. Agriculture is projected to grow by 5.6 per cent in 2018 down from 7...

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 11:34am

Commercial farming can’t go hand-in-hand with archaic traditional mindsets

It seems like meat, fruits and vegetables produced and processed in the country are not good enough for most of the major hotels. Most prefer to import food from other African countries such as Kenya or South Africa. Sometimes they even venture beyond the continent. With over 10,000 hotel beds...

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 11:42pm