Hon. State Minister Nsanganira calls on farmers in east to modernize their activities

Honorable State Minister for Agriculture, Tony Nsanganira, has urged farmers in Eastern Province to do their best in a bid to reach sustainable development. The Minister made the call on October 09, 2014 while starting his countrywide tour meant to see how different agricultural projects in the country can be (...)

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Minister Mukeshimana visits National Sericulture Centre

On October 10, 2014, the Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Dr. Gerardine Mukeshimana, paid a visit to the National Sericulture Center premises located in Mulindi, Kigali city, to meet staff, discuss progress and build new milestones for improved service delivery. This was an occasion for the Minister to (...)

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More than 100 Rwandans to go for 11-month internship program in Israel

On October 09, 2014, the Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Dr. Gerardine Mukeshimana met with a group of 107 fresh graduates from Rwandan universities who will leave for Israel to attend internship courses early next week. They will leave on 13th and 14th October, 2014, to start their 11-month internship (...)

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Agriculture behind country’s growth in consumption – report

Agriculture production and commercialization contributed 32 per cent of Rwanda’s consumption growth over the past 10 years, a new World Bank report has indicated. According to the World Bank’s ‘Africa Pulse’ report 2014, released yesterday, Rwanda has registered significant growth and poverty reduction over the last decade. (...)

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Abaturage benshi bakomeje kuza mubwinshi kumva ubutumwa ku bishyimbo bidasanzwe

Abahanzi ni umuyoboro mwiza wo kunyuzamo ubutumwa, ubishidikanya yakwitabira ibitaramo bikomeje kubera ahatandukanye mu Rwanda biri guhuruza abantu benshi baza kureba abahanzi nka King James, Miss Jojo, Urban Boys, Tom Close na Riderman bakahabonera ubutumwa ku bishyimbo bikungahaye ku butare. Ibi ni ibishyimbo (...)

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Fish prices up due to ‘low supply, increased demand

Fish prices have significantly gone up in various markets in the Eastern Province forcing many people to scrap it off their menu. Fish that previously sold at between Rwf1,200 and 1,500 a kilogramme now goes for Rwf2,500 a kilogramme, according to a mini-survey conducted by The New Times. Several residents and fishermen (...)

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Automated egg incubator designers win 2014 ICT4ag competition

Young graduates grouped in a com pany dubbed REtronics have won this year’s ICT4ag competition after designing an automated solar-powered eggs incubator aimed at lowering the cost of poultry incubation in Rwanda. The young entrepreneurs got their awards on October 03, 2014 during SMART RWANDA DAY that took place at Serena (...)

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KOICA to boost rural development with USD 11 million

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has vowed to inject USD 11 million into a project named rural development support project to boost Rwanda’s agriculture sector. This was revealed on October 02, 2014 during a meeting between the Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Dr Gerardine Mukeshimana and (...)

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Automated egg incubator designers win 2014 ICT4ag competition

Young graduates grouped in a company dubbed REtronics have won this year’s ICT4ag competition after designing an automated solar-powered eggs incubator aimed at lowering the cost of poultry incubation in Rwanda. The young entrepreneurs were announced as this year’s ICT4ag winners on September 30, 2014 at kLab after (...)

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Campaign to promote iron-rich beans launched in Nyanza District

A CAMPAIGN to sensitize the public about the health benefits of consuming iron-rich beans was on Tuesday launched in Nyanza District. The two-week campaign was organised by Harvest Plus, an international non-governmental organisation, in partnership with the Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB). It seeks to create awareness (...)

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Abahanzi mu gukundisha abanyarwanda ibishyimbo bikungahaye ku myunyungugu y’urutare birwanya kubura amaraso

Bamwe mu bahanzi bakomeye mu Rwanda barimo King James, Riderman na Urban Boys, bagiye kwifashishwa mu bitaramo byo kuzenguruka Intara z’igihugu bashishikariza abanyarwanda gukunda igihingwa cy’ibishyimbo bikungahaye ku myunyungugu cyane cyane y’ubutare(fer or iron) birwanya kubura amaraso. Umushinga utegamiye kuri Leta wa (...)

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650 poor families in Northern Province received cows during Girinka week

Girinka Week which took place in Northern Province from 19th to 26th September 2014 winded up on Friday in Burera district and 650 poor families got cows as part of the week-long campaign. The One Cow per Poor Household program was initiated in 2006 by President Paul Kagame with objectives of fighting against (...)

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Improved farmer livelihood amaze World Bank team

Farmer’s testimonies with regards to improved welfare and increased crop production have impressed the World Bank mission team. The delegation which comes twice a year is led by Valens Mwunvaneza, the World Bank Task Team Leader of LWH and RSSP projects for a two week “support mission” specifically to review the progress of (...)

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Banana farmers adopt new technologies

Farmers in the Eastern Province have embarked on a programme aimed at improving the quality of their banana plants.The farmers, especially in Ngoma, Rwamagana, and Kirehe districts, say adopting best farming practices and use of advanced technology is helping them earn more from different products made out of banana plant. (...)

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Launching of 2015A season in Ruhango district

On 23rd September, 2014, the Prime Minister, Right Honourable MUREKEZI Anastase, officially launched the 2015A season in Kinazi sector, Ruhango district. In his speech, the Prime Minister encouraged Rwandans to own the TWIGIRE Muhinzi Extension Model as a foundation for initiatives of land consolidation, fertiliser (...)

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Rwanda has inaugurated the National Livestock Policy Hub

Over 250 million poor people depend on livestock for their income and livelihoods in sub–Saharan countries. Most of challenges that sector faces are subjected to unfavorable government policies resulting from structural adjustment programs, their week implementation as well as their regulations and standards in both public (...)

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Launching of GIRINKA week campaign in Northern Province

RAB launched Girinka week campaign from Northern Province, in Musanze district. This campaign has the Theme “Tworozanye, twigire twihesha agaciro” with the aim of promoting the culture of passing -on cows to new beneficiaries in a self esteem drive. The program has so far distributed over 198,541 cows to beneficiaries in the (...)

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ROLE AND USE OF MYCORRHIZA FUNGI

In partnership between JICA and RAB had a workshop entitled ROLE AND USE OF MYCORRHIZA FUNGI. Participants were from research institutions , National University of Rwanda ,JICA staff and the Embassy of Japan. In opening remarks, the DG of RAB, Prof. J.J. MBONIGABA acknowledged that different technologies have been (...)

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Mushroom farmers in Southern Province get skills in JUNCAO technology

At least 29 representatives of Southern Province Mushroom Cooperatives last Tuesday successfully completed a 4-day Training of Trainers (ToT) in JUNCAO technology in a bid to boost their mushroom production. JUNCAO technology, invented in 1985 by the FAFU JUNCAO Research Institute, is a patented technology utilizing (...)

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First cohort of Rwandan FFS master trainers graduates

For the first time, forty-four Rwandan Farmer Field School (FFS) master trainers on September 12, 2014 graduated after completing eighteen months of field course that provided them with practical skills in farm management to help them foster agriculture development in Rwanda. Implemented in Rwanda since 2009, Farmer Field (...)

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Farmers urged to grow more for markets

Farmers in Nyarugenge district have been urged to take advantage of good markets available near them across Kigali city and grow more crops to increase their income. The call was made on September 11, 2014 by Prof Silas Lwakabamba, the Minister of Education, while launching officially planting season A 2015 in (...)

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MUSHROOM FARMERS TRAINING IN JUN-CAO TECHNOLOGY

From Tuesday, September 9, 2014, twenty-nine (29) representatives of the Southern Province Mushroom cooperatives gathered at RAB Rubona station for a-four day Training of Trainers (ToT) in Mushroom production at the China-Rwanda Agriculture Technology Demonstration Centre, C-RATDC, Huye district. The participants learnt (...)

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Embrace best practices to boost production, farmers told

FARMERS have been urged to adopt best farming practices and exploit available technologies in order to increase their productivity and improve their living conditions. The call was made on Tuesday in Nyanza District as residents from various sectors gathered for the launch of season A2015. Speaking at the function, the (...)

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LAUNCHING OF SEASON 2015A IN KARONGI DISTRICT WEST PROVINCE

On September 9th, 2014 Western zone launched season 2015A in karongi district. Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) Staff in Western Zone, district officials and Sector executive secretaries met at Rubengera sector to launch season 2015A in karongi district. Karongi district has 232ha of terraces which have been prepared (...)

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Minister Mukeshimana receives One UN Rwanda delegation

On September 9, 2014, representatives of United Nations agencies that are working closely with the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) through One UN Rwanda paid a courtesy visit to Honorable Minister Dr Gerardine Mukeshimana and discussed on different issues in a bid to enhance collaboration and scale up (...)

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Government moves to scale up One Cup of Milk per Child Program

Government officials have committed themselves to find effective ways of engaging community to adopt milk consumption habit in a move to improve nutrition among Rwandans, particularly children. The commitments were made on September 04, 2014 during a meeting that brought together Minister of Agriculture and Animal (...)

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Farmers tipped on increasing agric productivity

Farmers have been urged to embrace use of a combination of micronutrients and macronutrients to enhance agriculture productivity. According to a recent study by the International Fertiliser Development Centre (IFDC) and the Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB), application of macronutrients NPK (nitrogen, phosphorous potassium) (...)

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Twigire-Muhinzi, a sure way to self-reliance and prosperity

From 11th August, 2014, Staffs of the RAB Southern Zone jointed by the district leaders and their agriculture technicians, met the village farmer promoters, agro-dealers, and the local authority, and launched the TWIGIRE-MUHINZI-MWOROZI Extension Model in all districts of the Southern Province. The launching events were a (...)

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Government to prioritise agric technology, premier says

The Government is committed to enhancing technology use in agriculture to accelerate economic development. Prime Minister Anastase Murekezi made the disclosure while addressing local leaders and other stakeholders in Eastern Province yesterday. The premier, who was accompanied by the Minister for Agriculture, Geraldine (...)

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Agro-dealers vow to improve efficiency of agro-inputs distribution

National agro-dealers steering committee has vowed to take ownership of agro inputs distribution and make the whole system effective and ensure that seeds and fertilizers get to farmers timely. This was one of the recommendations taken during a one-day meeting held on August 06, 2014, bringing together senior officials of (...)

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Musabyimana, handed over AE office to Dr Ndabamenye

On last Tuesday 29th of August, Musabyimana Innocent was appointed by the cabinet as new Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources. On Friday 1st August 2014, he handed over his recent responsibilities to Dr Ndabamenye Telesphore who also acts as the DDG in charge of Irrigation and (...)

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Western farmers got trained on Twigire Agricultural Extension Model

Rwanda agricultural Board in western zone, on 23rd-25th July 2014 trained farmers on Twigire extension model in Nyamasheke district. Twigire extension model aims at grouping farmers into group of 15-20 members basing on land consolidation at village level with the purpose of training them to increase agricultural (...)

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MINAGRI new ministers swore in.

On July 24, 2014, Géraldine Mukeshimana was appointed the new Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources replacing the outgoing Minister Dr Agnes Kalibata following a cabinet reshuffle. Tony Nsanganira was appointed the Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI). Prior the cabinet (...)

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Press Release: Rwandans are food secure despite climate change

The Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources would like to inform the general public that the food security situation in Rwanda is under control. While it is true that season B performance was below expectation, food availability for the season is still 125% higher than the national food needs. Caloric output per (...)

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Tubungabunge Inyambo z’i Rwanda

Imitavu ya mbere ikomoka ku ntanga z’inyambo zateguriwe muri laboratwari Nk’uko amateka y’u Rwanda abigaragaza, Inyambo ni ubwoko bw’inka zari urufatiro rw’ubworozi bw’inka mu Rwanda rwo hambere. Mu rwego rwo kubungabunga izo nyamamare z’i Rwanda, Ikigo cy’Igihugu gishinzwe iterambere ry’ubuhinzi n’ubworozi (RAB) kikaba (...)

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Govt reassures on food security

Food security situation in the country is under control despite climate change, government has said. The reassurance follows recent media reports which indicated that some families were experiencing food shortages. However, according to ministry officials, despite poor performance of season B of 2013, food availability (...)

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Farmers turn to irrigation to boost production

EVERY YEAR during the dry season, Christine Mukabatsinda had to down her tools and wait for up to three months for rains to start farming. For the resident of Kibeho Sector in Nyaruguru District, Southern Province, previously there were only two farming seasons throughout the year; the rainy season between February and (...)

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Nyamagabe residents anticipate increased crop production

For the first time after terracing their land in a proper and sustainable way, farmers in Nyamagabe district are expecting to register increased crop production in season 2014B. After the implementation of land husbandry works on 200 ha within a period of five months, farmers immediately planted wheat on 30 ha in Kibirizi, (...)

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“We have come a long way,” – Minister Kalibata

The Agricultural sector has over the last 20 years played tremendous role in improving livelihoods of Rwandans and sustaining the country’s economy, the Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Dr Agnes Kalibata, has pointed out. “We’ve done miracle in the last 20 years and I’m sure that we can achieve much more in the (...)

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RAB commemorated the 20th anniversary of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsis

The Rwanda Agriculture Board commemorated the 20th anniversary of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsis during the mourning night of June 26th, and Friday 27th June, 2014, at Rubona, Huye district. All victims of the former institutions (ISAR, SSS, LVNR, CINIA, and CNR) which lately formed RAB were honoured and remembered, in (...)

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RAB honored its staff killed in Genocide in a vigil

On 26th of June 2014, Rwanda Agriculture Board staff together with its partners, family members of Tutsis killed in former “ISAR of Rubona Station” and friends joined at Rubona in a commemorative night to pay tribute and remember the deceased employees. In his welcome remarks, Prof J.J Mbonigaba Muhinda, the Director Genera (...)

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Farmers in Northern Province urged to embrace Kwigira extension approach

Officials from Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) have requested farmers in Northern Province to embrace a new extension scheme dubbed “Kwigira Agriculture Extension Approach” that is set to be officially launched soon in order to improve extension services. According to Innocent Musabyimana, the Deputy Director General in (...)

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DIME delegation tours LWH/RSSP intervention sites

About 150 delegates attending the World Bank’s Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, on Wednesday visited Land Husbandry, Water Harvesting and Hillside irrigation (LWH) and Rural Sector Support Project intervention sites of Nyanza, Rwamagana and Gatsibo districts. The visit was part of the team’s (...)

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MINAGRI holds its Forward looking Joint Sector Review

The Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) and its partners have held its forward looking Joint Sector Review in a bid to assess last year’s achievements and discuss the next step towards achieving targets of the next fiscal year. The Joint Sector Review (JSR) is a participatory forum held for stakeholders (...)

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New strategy to promote irrigation, mechanisation

The Ministry of Agriculture in partnership with districts in the Eastern Province has designed a strategy aimed at increasing agricultural production in the region. The strategy aims at transforming the rural environment through agro-based industrialisation, mechanisation, irrigation, and full participation of all (...)

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Minister Kalibata urges farmers to exploit marshlands

The Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Dr Agnes Kalibata, has urged residents of Bugesera District to take advantage of marshlands in the area to grow a wide range of crops not only to ensure food security, but also to increase their incomes. “We strongly urge you to start growing some crops such as maize, (...)

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VALIDATION MEETING FOR SOIL HEALTH CONSORTIUM ACHIEVEMENTS

Thursday, June 5th, 2014, Rwanda Agriculture Board held a one day validation meeting for soil health consortium activities at Nobleza Hotel, Kigali City. Group photo The meeting assembled various actors in soil health, i.e. researchers, Scientist lecturers, extension its, private sectors, policy institutions, (...)

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MINAGRI launches milk consumption campaign

The Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI), in collaboration with the Rwanda Dairy Competitiveness Program II, a United States Agency for International Development-funded program implemented by Land O’Lakes International Development, has launched a National Milk Consumption Campaign called ‘Shisha Wumva’ (...)

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MINAGRI launches the 9th national agri-show

The Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) has officially opened the 9th National agricultural exhibition on June the 06th, 2014 at Mulindi Agri-Show Grounds located in Gasabo District, Kigali city. The weeklong event is being held under the theme: “Transforming Agriculture for shared prosperity and improved (...)

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MINAGRI remembers former employees killed in the Genocide

For the four time, staff of the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI), agencies and projects on May the 29th, 2014 came together to remember more than 500 colleagues who were killed in the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi. The ceremony brought together staff of central MINAGRI, Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB), (...)

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Muhanga maize farmers reap big from collective marketing

Tilling the land is for many people an unrewarding job. However, so for the hundreds of maize and soya bean farmers in Cyeza sector, Muhanga District in the Southern Province, it is a different story. The farmers, who are organised under the Tuzamurane Co-operative Society, are reaping big out of farming activities in (...)

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American investors pledge more investments into Rwandan quality coffee

Gary Kotzen from the U.S COSTCO Wholesale Corporation and Peter Rogers, the founder of Rogers Family Company on May the 14th, 2014 met with the Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI), Dr Agnes Kalibata and expressed their commitments to make huge investments into Rwanda’s high-quality coffee. Rogers Family (...)

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Milk Bar Initiative launched in Gicumbi

The first ever Milk Bar was launched on May 09, 2014 in Gicumbi district of Northern Province, in line with the government commitment to improve nutrition status among Rwandans. With the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) technical and financial assistance, IAKIB, a very active milk cooperative in Gicumbi, (...)

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Bugesera has to adopt irrigation scheme.

Farmers in Bugesera have been challenged by the shortage of rain during almost all the agricultural season including this 2014A; this made Minister Agnes Kalibata to take the route and meet Bugesera citizens to discuss on possible way out. This visit and irrigation demonstration of May 8, 2014 in Gashora sector, was aiming (...)

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EAC Seed Standards Harmonization Meeting

The Second meeting of the Technical Committee EASC/TC/012 on seed and propagation materials was held from April 28 to May 2nd, 2014, at Gorillas Golf Hotel, Kigali, to harmonize the Seed certification standards, and enhance cross border seed trade. The audience of this five-day meeting consisted of around 30 delegates from (...)

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“Citizens are your bosses”: Prof. J.J. Mbonigaba Muhinda, DG in RAB

On the international Labor Day, all RAB staff in Rwanda met in Karongi to criticize the past year’s achievements and challenges and plan a way forward. It was an opportunity to evaluate the progress of different employment and workers initiatives that have contributed to the development of the institution. This occasion (...)

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Market-oriented agriculture needs mechanization.

"Mechanization is a powerful tool in achieving sustainable agricultural production because it reduces labor and helps to save time": Dr Telesphore Ndabamenye addressing farmers in Nyagatare. The launch and demonstration of machinery use that took place on 25th April was an occasion for Nyagatare rice farmers to have access (...)

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Mushroom Industry suits Rwanda

The Rwandan government, in its 2005 National Nutrition Policy, along with international development agencies, has proposed a multi-pronged approach to eradicate malnutrition. Since then, the Ministry of Agriculture has called on Rwandan farmers to take on commercial mushroom growing as one of crops against malnutrtion. (...)

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RAB organized a three days Cross-site Regional Meeting of Lake Kivu pilot learning site

From 15th to 17th April 2014, Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) the lead institution for LKPLS task force organized a three days cross-site meeting for SSACP LKPLS extension phase. The The Lake Kivu Pilot Learning Site (LKPLS), covers approximately 20 000 km2 in the triangle where northwestern Rwanda, the eastern DRC and (...)

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Different speeches at the 20th commemoration of genocide against tutsis

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To end the “hidden hunger”, a conclusion of the Biofortification Conference.

An estimated 218 million Africans suffer from chronic hunger and malnutrition. Yet improved crop varieties that early maturing, high yielding and drought tolerant that exist in Africa are good enough to contribute to the food security and eradicate malnutrition. This is the common agreement that rose from a three day (...)

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MINAGRI and partners sign MoU to scrutinize malnutrition issue

Malnutrition cases in Rwanda would be reduced significantly soon in Rwanda as the ongoing survey defines real causes and comes up with suitable approaches to handle the issue, stakeholders have committed. The commitment was made on April 1, 2014 during the signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between two (...)

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PM Habumuremyi urges policymakers to ensure nutritious foods to their people

More than 300 high-level stakeholders from government, business and civil society on March 31st, 2014 gathered at Serena Hotel, Kigali, for a three-day consultation on ‘Getting Nutritious Foods to People.’ During the conference, organized by Harvest Plus and hosted by the Government of Rwanda, the Prime Minister Pierre (...)

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Rwanda to host the second global biofortification conference.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Animal resources, Rwanda Agriculture Board and Harvest Plus are organising the Second Global Biofortication Conference to take place in Serena Hotel, Kigali, from March 31 to April 02, 2014. In a bid to create a public awareness about it, its organisers hold a press conference on 27 March (...)

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Efforts to streamline index insurance for Rwandan farmers underway

Efforts to streamline index insurance for Rwandan farmers underway The Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) is committed to make more efficient index insurance for Rwandan smallholder farmers as the country moves to professionalize its agriculture sector. The Global Index Insurance Facility Technical (...)

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Experts call for more investment in research to boost coffee quality

More investment in scientific research, innovations and market outlets is needed if the country’s coffee industry is to thrive amid tight market competition, coffee experts have said. The experts made the remarks, yesterday, at the opening of a two-day coffee research symposium in Kigali organised by the National (...)

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Plant Health Clinics, a vital impact in agriculture

Rwanda plant health system was not well defined until November 2011 when Plantwise Project through Center for Agricultural Bio-services International (CABI) started its operations in Rwanda. One of its focuses is to raise awareness on pest and plant disease management and scaling up and out plant clinics. Plant health (...)

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Clinical Microbiology Training starts with much hope

A training of basic clinical microbiologists, dairy production faculty and some veterinary students dedicated to learning the fundamentals of dairy food safety kicked off today March 11, 2014 at Rubilizi Station of Rwanda Agriculture Board. While officiating this training, Dr Christine Kanyandekwe the Deputy DG in RAB in (...)

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Former fisherman finds ‘gold’ in poultry keeping

His early childhood was characterised by fishing. Occasionally, he would transport passengers in his rickety fishing boat on Lake Kivu to earn an extra buck. This routine went on for about 10 years. But Philemon Kazingufu had had enough. He threw in the towel and went searching for new opportunities. Kazingufu, who was (...)

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Ruzindaza hands over to Nsanganira as new MINAGRI Permanent Secretary

After about six years serving as the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI), Ernest Ruzindaza on February the 3rd, 2014 passed the responsibility to Tony Roberto Nsanganira who replaces him at the ministry’s head of technical manager post. The ceremony, which took place at the (...)

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Professionalizing Agriculture in Northern Province

The Minister of agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI), Dr Agnes Kalibata, has called on farmers and officials of Northern Province to take the lead in transforming their agriculture by increasing productivity. The Minister made the call on February 26th 2014 during a meeting that brought together all authorities of (...)

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Mushroom industry never requires much investiment

Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) in collaboration with China-Rwanda Agriculture Technology Demonstration Center (C-RATDC) have organized and conducted a training course on Juncao mushroom technology for 72 health counselors of Rubavu District whereby the training was held from 24th February to 1st March, 2014. Within the (...)

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Kalibata challenges local leaders on agricultural productivity

Local leaders should own improved system applied in agriculture to help farmers contribute to development of Rwanda and hit the target of becoming a middle income economy. Dr Agnes Kalibata, the minister for agriculture and animal husbandry, who was speaking in Rulindo District on Wednesday, said last year agriculture (...)

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RAB looks to nematode worms for sustainable pest controls

Introduction of nematode worms could provide Rwandan farmers with sustainable mechanisms in soil pest controls; thus increasing productivity. Nematodes are biological insecticides that are used in soil pest controls, and they are not harmful to environment. According to Daphrose Gahakwa, the Director General of Research (...)

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Rwanda and Ethiopia strengthen agricultural experience sharing

An Ethiopian delegation representing their ministry of agriculture on February the 18th, 2014 met with their Rwandan counterparts at the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) and shared experiences meant to move agriculture sector to the next level in both countries. The Ethiopian delegation, made up of 7 (...)

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Rwanda registers to fight against malnutrition

Rwanda has registered tremendous progress in bringing down the rate of stunting in children under five years of age from 51 per cent in 2005 to 44 per cent currently, the Minister for Health, Dr Agnes Binagwaho, has said. Binagwaho was speaking at the opening of the Food and Nutrition Summit in Kigali yesterday. She said (...)

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RAB Nortthern zone staff participated in a community work

RAB Northern zone staff participated in a community work On Friday 14th February 2014, Northern Agriculture Zone Division staff led by Jean Claude IZAMUHAYE the Head of zone participated in the community work known as “Umuganda”. The team joined the neighboring community of Rwerere station, and together with Rwanda Defence (...)

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Land consolidation brings positive impact – survey

Farmers who adopted the land consolidation policy are satisfied with the benefits, according to a new survey. The survey conducted by the United States Agency for International Development’s (Usaid) in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources, shows that 69 per cent of farmers interviewed in 20 sites in different (...)

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University of Rwanda and CIUF partnership to boost Biotech Research

The team of CIUF together with RAB and NUR officials at RAB February 6, 2014 has blessed Rwanda Agriculture Board with guests from Francophone Inter University Commission (CIUF) of Belgium and University of Rwanda. That partnership will emerge to help agricultural students on biotechnology research that runs slowly (...)

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Agricultural insurance is all about trust and promise

Farmer Cooperatives Representatives received their remuneration checks. Following a drought during the 2014 A Season, 7,086 maize farmers in Bugesera, Ngoma and Kirehe districts received insurance payout totaling 42.1 million RWF. That promise they had had in their insurance companies, was honored yesterday February (...)

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Rice farmers urged on sustainable wetland use

Rice farmers in Southern Province have been urged to take good care of wetlands so as to get better harvest. The call was made on Friday by Alphonse Munyentwari the Southern Province governor, during the national celebrations to mark World Wetlands Day in Muhanga District. “A few years ago, almost 100 per cent of the rice (...)

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SmartFish PHFLA Workshop kicks off at Kigali

In a bid to reduce losses fisheries sectors face in our region, nine countries representatives including Rwanda are in Serena Hotel in Kigali for a four days workshop on Post-Harvest Fish Losses assessment to ensure the economic and food security benefits. Officiating this conference, Dr Christine Kanyandekwe, the Deputy (...)

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MINAGRI and Erasmus Investment International sign a deal to boost agriculture production

Stef Schreuder, CEO of Erasmus with Ernest Ruzindaza PS/MINAGRI projecting into agri investment On January the 23rd, 2014, the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGARI) and Erasmus Investment International signed a letter of intent which intends to strengthen investments in agriculture sector in Rwanda. (...)

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Improving the role of Private Sector in Seed Industry

Syngenta Foundation Roundtable at Serena Hotel On January 15th, 2013, a roundtable discussion was held by the Ministry of Agriculture & Animal Resources (MINAGRI) and the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA) to discuss the current challenges of Rwanda’s seed sector and propose concrete solutions to (...)

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Food security conference opens today

Food Security is the aim of Cracking The Nut Conference At least 400 delegates are expected to attend a three-day livelihoods improvement and food security meeting that opens in Kigali today. The conference, dubbed “Cracking the nut conference,” brings together stakeholders involved in improvement of livelihoods and food (...)

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Government partners private sector on agriculture

Agriculture minister Agnes Kalibata (L) addresses the Cracking the Nut conference as panelists Anita Campion, an economist; Mike de Klerk of Making Finance Work For Africa; RDB’s Claire Akamanzi and Usaid Country Director Peter Malnak look on in Kigali yesterday. The minister said investors are the way to go for agriculture (...)

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From Office to Farm

Improving yield needs to get closer to farmers. On 14 January 2014,the Director General of Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) accompanied by the Technical Assistant for SPAT II Project paid a courtesy visit to one of 26 Gashanda Farmer Field Schools in Gashanda Sector of Ngoma District. Upon their arrival, the guests were (...)

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Rockefeller Foundation Africa to focus on building resilience in Rwanda

Representatives of the Rockefeller Foundation, Africa Division, came on January 15th, 2013, to seek new collaborative partnerships with the Ministry of Agriculture & Animal Resources to create strategic agricultural initiatives in just one of their many focus countries, Rwanda. The Rockefeller Foundation’s Africa Office (...)

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Let’s learn from best farmers of ours

"Si isti et istae cur non ego?"; this Latin phrase asks the reason why, if some people can, why not me. I sometimes ask myself the same when I happen to see people waiting for "extra or not yet born technologies" to reap much and yet there are many opportunities they ignore taking advantage of. Recently, I went in some (...)

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SONARWA mu guteza imbere ubwishingizi bw’amatungo

SONARWA, ikigo gisanzwe kimenyerewe mu gutanga ubwishingizi ku binyabiziga, uburyozwe, inkongi z’umuriro, ubwishingizi bw’ubuzima, izabukuru, amashuri n’ibindi ; ubu cyazanye uburyo bushya bw’ubwishingizi bw’amatungo. Abanyarwanda benshi ntibasanzwe bazi ko amatungo yabo yafatirwa ubwishingizi, ku buryo benshi inka zabo zipfa (...)

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The World Bank in a drive to improve hillside farming productivity

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors on Thursday penned a document earmarking funds to scale up Rwanda’s sustainable farming practices and irrigation infrastructure for the hillside agriculture – a move that is set to see the maize, beans and Irish potatoes production increased while improving the income of the (...)

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Farmers reap heavily from reclaimed land in Gishwati

Food production has gone up following successful land reclamation of the former high risk zone in Gishwati forested area, according to Gishwati Water and Land Management project (GWLM). The Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (Minagri) launched the project in 2010 with the aim of restoring the Gishwati ecosystem. (...)

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President Kagame commends agriculture sector during State of the Nation

"Agriculture and livestock have been on top of Rwanda’s exports, and the sector continues achieving tremendous progress,” H.E. President Paul Kagame stated on Monday, December 16th, 2013 while delivering the State of the Nation and End of Year Address to Deputies and Senators at Parliament. The annual event, held for the (...)

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RAB received a pledged heifer by France Diaspora during the 11th National Dialogue.

From left to right: Theophile Rua Rennes, Dr Christine Kanyandekwe and Dr Andrew Kagabo Way back to last week, during the National Dialogue (Umushyikirano) that welcomed more than 1000 people, France Diaspora had pledged a cow to support Girinka Program that aims at enabling every household to own a cow, targeting (...)

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National Defence College of Kenya provides platform for learning from Rwanda

The Hon.Minister Dr.Agnes Kalibata received a study tour group from the National Defence College Kenya On December 10th, 2013, a study tour group from the National Defence College of Kenya visited the Ministry of Agriculture & Animal Resources (MINAGRI) to learn about Rwanda’s experiences in agriculture development. (...)

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The School Feeding Milk Package to be changed to avoid dishonesty

Focal Teachers of School Feeding Program adressing challenges Malnutrition is one of burdens that still challenge Rwanda. 45% of children under five in the country face this challenge. It weighs much that it is still on top of our priorities, efforts to deal with it were not enough. Since it was a multisector issue (...)

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MINAGRI takes the lead of anti-malnutrition campaign

The Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) has taken the forefront in driving a national campaign dubbed “1,000 days campaign in the land of a 1,000 hills” meant to combat malnutrition. The idea is to ensure adequate nutrition from the first day of conceiving a baby until he reaches two-year old. While (...)

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MINAGRI staff commit to advance Ndi Umunyarwanda initiative

The Ministry of Agriculture & Animal Resources (MINAGRI), National Agriculture Export Development Board (NAEB), and Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) participated in the Ndi Umunyarwanda retreat initiative December 4th, 2013, as a way to create a stronger unity and as a reminder to sustain the progress that has been made (...)

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WB Executive Director commends LWH Nyanza achievements

The World Bank (WB) Africa Group Executive Director, Denny H. Kalyalya, has expressed his satisfaction over the progress that the Land Husbandry, Water Harvesting, and Hillside Irrigation Project (LWH) has made in improving people’s lives and welfare in Nyanza District. Farmers fertilizing their gardens Accompanied (...)

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Fruity Homes, Fruity Cities

Micronutrient malnutrition is a major issue in developing countries and in Rwanda particularly. Fruity Homes, Fruity Cities project seeks to reduce micronutrient malnutrition in Rwanda by increasing the consumption of fruits. Additionally, it will ensure food security, provide a source of income for the local population (...)

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RAB promised to be responsible to drive ‘Ndi Umunyarwanda’ Initiative.

RAB staff members ready to drive Ndi Umunyarwanda Initiative. Themed “Critically examining our dark history towards shaping a bright future: Leadership responsibility in driving Ndi Umunyarwanda”, the initiative seek to address directly one of the aspects of Rwandans collective history that let the country to hatred that (...)

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Ngoma and Bugesera farmers trained on Integrated Pest Management methods.

Farmers attending Farmer Field School Rwanda being the upstream catchment of the Lake Victoria, with its water (Akagera River) feeding into Lake Victoria, a proper and safe use of pesticides is very important. This would be achieved through application of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) principles in the fight against (...)

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Northern farmers decry lack of access to loans from commercial banks

Farmers picking tomatoes. Farmers in the Northern Province have decried what they call reluctance by financial institutions to grant them loans, which they say is a major impediment to agriculture modernisation. The farmers say they are committed to modern farming but are let down by banks that are reluctant to (...)

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“Mens Sana in Corpore Sana” Innocent Musabyimana, Deputy Director General in RAB

Pastord and Bishops from 34 churches pledged to team up with RAB The above expression in the title has a Latin origin meaning “A sound mind in a sound body.” It was the sermon of today, 21st November 2013; RAB has had with more than 120 pastors and Bishops of different churches from Rwanda Protestant Council (CPR). The (...)

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ONCCS staffs are in Rwanda Agriculture Board on a study tour

ONCCS delegation delighted to learn a lot from RAB Burundian Authority Responsible for Seed Control and Certification (ONCCS) agents came to Rwanda for a three day study tour in various departments of RAB edifice. This delegation of six visited the RAB Seeds Laboratory today 19th November 2013, for first hand (...)

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Girinka Week, an evidence of the Program’s impact

The five day period that was being celebrated and highlighting One Cow per Household Program (usually known as Girinka) in the Eastern Province was officially closed this 13th November 2013 in Remera Sector of Gatsibo District. Girinka Week was kicked off last Monday the 11th November in the Eastern province and had to (...)

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Girinka Week in Eastern Province launched at Rwamagana

Children grow healthy when they have access to milk Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) on Wednesday the 13th November, 2013 officially launched Girinka Week in Eastern Province in a bid to scale up the One Cow per Household Program. During the week-long event, Rwamagana Girinka beneficiaries are expected to pass over 1204 (...)

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A special Community Work “UMUGANDA” at RAB/Rubona Station

RAB staffs renewing the pastures view. Friday, November 8th, 2013, staffs from all RAB stations of the Southern Agriculture zone division gathered together at Rubona station for a community work, known as “Umuganda”. This work was organised as a contribution to the rehabilitation of RAB pastures. Regular maintenance of (...)

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Hackathon pitches predict good future of agriculture

Agriculture players who are attending the ICT4ag conference 2013 in Kigali are convinced that ICT-enabled projects being developed by young people can lead to the intended agricultural transformation in due time. It was on Thursday morning the 7th November, 2013 that agriculture stakeholders from private and public sectors (...)

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ICT4ag conference explores the use of ICTs in agricultural extension

On November 06, 2013, the second day of the ongoing ICT4ag conference that is taking place in Kigali, agriculture players from across the world discussed ways of how to integrate ICTs into agricultural extension and advisory services in a bid to effectively transform the agriculture sector. The Hon.Minister Dr.Agnes (...)

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Officials urge to harness ICT potential into agricultureew article

Following a great kick-off by Plug and Play Day at the ICT4AG Conference, November 5th marked the official opening of ICT for Agriculture, with speakers urging participants and stakeholders to take advantage of the potential that ICT can bring to agriculture on the African continent. More than 400 participants from over 60 (...)

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ICT4AG conference kicks off with big promises

The long awaited international conference on ICT for agriculture has become a reality in Kigali on November 4th, bringing more than 400 participants from Africa, Asia, Pacific, and beyond to discuss and showcase how ICT applications can help in improving the agriculture sector. The pre-conference day, “Plug and Play (...)

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Farmers’ Training in Sericulture

Today, November 1st, 2013, a five-days training in Sericulture, an agro-based industry that involves rearing of silkworms to produce raw silk, was officially closed. The training was organised by the China-Rwanda Agriculture Technology Demonstration Centre, C-RATDC, and the RAB Sericulture Program, and took place at RAB (...)

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Worry out of drought for Bugesera farmers.

Bugesera district used to be identified as a hungry district over the years. The region has been hit by severe drought spells due to soil erosion caused by heavy deforestation, silting of lakes and climate change. Today, that is a matter of the past. Hunger has been relegated to history; but this season also has not been (...)

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EMRC-Rabobank Project Incubator Award winner announces future expansion plans following another successful AgriBusiness Forum.

EMRC-Rabobank Project Incubator Award winner Jean Claude Ruzibiza, Owner and Managing Director of Rwanda Best Farm Ltd, announces his win as having a profound impact on his future business plans in a candid interview with EMRC. “The Agribusiness Forum has been a great opportunity for me and my company to gain exposure to a (...)

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ICT for Agriculture in Development Conference, a digital revolution to the sector.

Rwanda has committed to transforming the country through ICT, while Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), social media, Web 2.0 and mobile applications are changing the face of agriculture and rural development in many countries. “Agriculturalists are coming together, sharing common problems, learning (...)

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Ngoma: Gahunda ya Girinka yagiriye akamaro abaturage

Inka yitaweho neza igoboka umuryango. Mugihe gahunda yatangijwe na Perezida wa Repubulika Paul Kagame ya girinka munyarwanda imaze imyaka igera kuri irindwi,abahawe inka muri iyi gahunda ngo babashije kuzibyaza umusaruro kuburyo bushimishije. Gahunda y’abajyanama b’ubuzima muby’amatungo ndetse n’abaganga b’amatungo (...)

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The World Food Day, a chance to learn from out shiners.

Minister of agriculture and animal resources training the use of fertilizers. “The brilliance of something will never leave behind darkness.” (Bradley Whitford.) The performance of willing people will always meet the consideration of those who want to be taught. Minister of agriculture and animal resources Agnes Kalibata (...)

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World Food Day is globally celebrated

Today, World Food Day is celebrated around the world. It is celebrated every year on October 16th, but each country is free to celebrate the event between October 16th and October 30th. The Ministry of Agriculture & Animal Resources, in collaboration with the United Nations Rome-based Agencies including Food and (...)

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Rulindo: Coffee is becoming the back bone of District economy.

In the last two years Rulindo district set on a path to make coffee growing better. The local leaders encouraged and advised farmers on how to grow and produce quality coffee since then. So far, coffee has been a generating cash crop in the district, beneficial to the farmers and the nation at large. Coffee is one of (...)

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A two day validation workshop on National Strategy on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

This 8th October 2013, at Sports View Hotel, Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB)in conjunction with Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) meet for a two day conference to discuss strategies that can increase national agricultural productivity and improve food security. The group of experts from different agricultural areas (...)

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Who to blame for the infected maize seeds saga?

Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) has said that it is closely monitoring the maize planted recently in the Northern and Western provinces, after reports that some of the maize varieties distributed to farmers in these areas could have contained a deadly disease. Minister Agnes Kalibata during a previous interview in (...)

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THE 2014A SEASON LAUNCH IN THE SOUTHERN PROVINCE

The Rwanda society has always considered rains as a sign of blessing. The soil receives waters necessary to allow agriculture, and the milieu is fresh after dry seasons. Therefore, rains indicate the time for agriculture and future economic prospects setting up. Nevertheless, agriculture still remains the sole sector (...)

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RAB donated 42 cows of “Girinka” programme in 3 districts of Eastern Province, 19th September 2013

Some of the exotic cows that were donated to poor families from Rwamagana. Some of the exotic cows that were donated to poor families from Rwamagana Today, 19th of September 2013, RAB on behalf of the President of the Republic of Rwanda has provided 15 cows in Kirehe, 15 in Rwamagana and 12 in Ngoma Districts. One cow (...)

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Girinka program has taken us to levels beyond what we ever imagined.

It was said that One Cow per family programme is helping Rwandans to turn into rich people and some rumors were stating the burden these cows make people carrying. This made me touring some villages from Nyamagabe and Huye districts to ensure the statements Mukandoli Dancilla, happy for her cow nicknamed “Kizungu All (...)

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Kuri uyu wa 7 Nzeli 2013, muri Nyabihu hatangijwe igihembwe cy’ihinga 2014A.

Abayobozi bifatanyije n’abaturage mu guhinga no gutera imbuto. “Tuganure dushimangira kwigira” niyo nsanganyamatsiko yahariwe icyumweru cy’ururimi n’umuco nyarwanda cyasojwe hatangizwa igihembwe cy’ihinga. Abayobozi bifatanyije n’abaturage mu guhinga no gutera imbuto. Iki gihembwe cya mbere cy’ihinga cya 2014 cyatangijwe ku (...)

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Kuri uyu wa 30 Kanama, hazizihizwa umunsi mukuru w’umuganura ku rwego rw’igihugu

Kuri uyu wa gatanu tariki ya 30/8/2012, I Bumbogo mu karere ka Gasabo, hazizihirizwa umunsi mukuru w’Umuganura ku rwego rw’igihugu, bikaba biri no mu rwego rwo gutangiza icyumweru cyahariwe kuzirikana ururimi n’umuco mu gihugu. Ministeri ifite umuco mu nshingano irateganya ko mu gihe kiri imbere uyu muhango wagera mu nzego (...)

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The 1st Biennial Conference on Agricultural Research and Extension ended yesterday, August 22, 2013

The conference that had started the previous day has attracted 300 participants from US, Belgium, the Netherlands, Kenya, Uganda, Ivory Coast, DRC and Rwanda including delegates from National Agricultural Research Systems, universities, regional and international research and development organizations, development partners (...)

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However small Rwanda is, however interferences it meets, we must strive to come up with solutions of the climate change.

today 21 August 2013,the First Biennial Conference on Agricultural Research and Extension in Rwanda, organized by Rwanda Agriculture Board, was opened officially by Hon. Dr. Agnes Kalibata, the Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources at Serena Hotel , to be carried on by more than 170 presenters to the audience. In (...)

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RAB to hold the First Biennial Conference on Agricultural Research and Extension Outputs

A two days conference themed “Confronting challenges of food insecurity and poverty in the era of climate change and variability” is expected to be opened officially tomorrow by The Prime Minister Pierre Damien Habumuremyi tomorrow on 21st August at Serena Hotel, Kigali at 10am. This conference organized by Rwanda (...)

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Ubworozi bw’amagweja butanga umusaruro mu gihe gito.

Amagweja ni bumwe mu bworozi bumara igihe gito hakamenyekana umusaruro butanze ugereranyije n’ubundi bworozi. Mu kiganiro na Agronome ushinzwe ubuhinzi mu karere ka Gicumbi Nzeyimana Jean Chrisostome avuga ko ubu bworozi butangizwa no guhinga ibiti by’ibobere bimara igihe mu murima bikazajya bisoromwa bigaburirwa twa dusimba (...)

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Humidtropics Rwandan Action Site Workshop Launch at Nobleza Hotel Kigali on 25/07/2013

Humidtropics, a CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research) research program’s 2013 Action Site Workshop was launched in Kigali / Nobleza Hotel by Prof. Jean Jacques M. Muhinda on behalf of the Minister of Agriculture. This 2 days workshop has brought together some 50 key research, development, (...)

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Season 2014A Preparation in Northern Province

Minister Kalibata and staff of the Ministry of Agriculture & Animal Resources visited Rulindo District to meet with Northern ProvinceLocal Government officials as part of Season 2014A preparation. Minister Kalibata advised and gave guidance on agricultural issues for the Distrcit officials and farmers. The main issue (...)

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VET-GOV conducts a national multi disciplinary Stakeholders Workshop in Kigali/ Rwanda

DG of RAB Prof JJ.Mbonigaba Muhinda launching the Workshop From 16th to 18 July, a consultative workshop on VETGOV Programme is being held at La palisse Nyandungu Hotel Club. This workshop officially opened by the Director General of RAB, Prof JJ MBONIGABA MUHINDA being attended by different institutions involved in (...)

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RUSIZI AND NYAMASHEKE LAUNCHED THE CAMPAIGN OF COMPOST MAKING

With an aim to increase the agriculture production under LUC sites, It has been found important to improve the soil fertility especially with organic fertilizer as well as inorganic and lime application for acidic soils. Official launch coupled with trainings on compost making took place at RUSIZI and NYAMASHEKE districts (...)

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RAB activities have impact on the develpment of the whole region

28 policemen from 12 African countries 0n a one year course at Rwanda National Police Academy, yesterday 10th July 2013 visited the Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) Mulindi station. The aim of this field visit was to lean how agriculture and animal husbandry contribute to the country socio- economic Development. (...)

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RAB RELEASED FOUR NEW SOYBEAN VARIETIES

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013, the Rwanda Agriculture Board released Sc. Squire, Sc. Saga, SB 24 and Sc. Sequel as new soybean varieties in Nyamiyaga sector, Kamonyi district. The event gathered the local community, research and extension institutions, and the local authority. The guests of honour were the RAB DDGs in charge of (...)

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If we take care of soybeans, Rwanda will no longer need to import oil.

SC.Sequel, SB 8, SC Saga, SC Squire and SB24 are five new soybeans varieties out of many more experienced by RAB since 2009 were launched and released yesterday on 9th July 2013 in Nyamiyaga sector, Kamonyi District. In his welcome remarks, Nkurunziza Jean de Dieu, the Executive secretary of Nyamiyaga sector said that the (...)

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Korea sends a gesture of love to girinka program

Girinka Program, a home-grown solution to pull people out off poverty and reduce malnutrition of Rwandans, has received 39 in-calf heifers from Good Neighbours Rwanda (GNR), an NGO supported by Korea. Unfortunately, the 40th heifer succumbed to death as it fell in a very deep ditch. The heifers received belong to (...)

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KARUBANDA STUDENTS VISITED RAB SOUTHERN ZONE

Tuesday, 2nd July2013, Students from Karubanda Secondary School, visited the station of RAB/Southern zone located in Rubona cell, Rusatira sector, in Huye District, they started their visit to Meteo station, at the arrival at this weather station, they got explanations on how the different tools work and the history of (...)

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Africa seeks to end hunger by 2025

African and internationl leaders are meeting in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa to draft a policy targeted at ending hunger on the continent under the auspices of the African Union Commission (AUC), the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Lula Institute. The three-day meeting, which is underway, seeks to design (...)

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June 28th 2013, RAB organized the official launch of the Rwanda soil health consortium

Different initiatives of building partnership among different soil health stakeholders are emerging at continental, regional and country levels. In Rwanda, the initiative started 2 years ago through a consultation with some Institutions mainly involved in agriculture development and was matured through wide consultative (...)

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FARMERS FROM THE MUSE-BIVUME WATERSHED TRAINED IN JUN-CAO PRODUCTION

The China-Rwanda Agriculture Technology Demonstration Centre, C-RATDC, sited at RAB Rubona Station, Huye district, trained 29 farmers of the MUSE-BIVUME Watershed on Mushroom production, from 25th -27th June, 2013. Dr.ASIIMWE Theodore the Director of Crop RAB southern zone adressing participants After a short (...)

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AGRICULTURE COURSES AT EARLY AGE: A SOUND TRANSIT TO COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION

Human Resource Development and a Knowledge-based economy is one of the pillars Rwanda chose to achieve its 2020 vision, mainly by incorporating agricultural courses in basic education curricula. For this sake, agricultural research and extension institutions play a vital role of value addition to theories learnt in class (...)

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Uganda learns from Rwanda’s agriculture sector, 20 June, 2013.

Members of Parliament from Uganda visited Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) with interest in learning from Rwanda’s progress within the agriculture sector and how that progress was captured through institutional frameworks and implementation projects. “We are very happy to note that a lot of efforts are being made in Rwanda to (...)

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Government rewards innovative farmers

Farmers at the Agro expo take lectures on how to improve banana production. A host of innovative farmers across the country walked home with an assortment of rewards at the end of the eighth agro exhibition in Mulindi yesterday. The best innovative farmer drove home a tractor, and others received farm equipment worth over (...)

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Milk competition organized by RAB on 16 June, 2013 at Agriculture Show ground-Mulindi.

The Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) in collaboration with the Private sector in the Dairy Business organised the 1st Livestock Breeders’ Show and Milk Competition in Dairy cows on 16th June 2013. The purpose of this competition is to recognize the best animals of a breed and to arouse sense of keeping high producing animals (...)

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Kigali National AgriShow 2013 Official LaunchKey Messages: Increasing Production

Key Messages: Increasing Production June 13th, 2013 was the official opening launch of the Kigali National AgriShow 2013, at Mulindi Show Grounds in Gasabo District. The Ministry of Agriculture & Animal Resources invited special guests including: Vice Mayor of Finance & Economic Development Alphonse Nizeyimana, (...)

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KIRUHURA High School visited RAB Rubona station

On Monday, June 6th, 2013, senior six students in the MPG (Maths-Physics-Geography) section of the Kiruhura High School visited RAB Rubona station. The aim of the visit was to strengthen theoretical curricula covered in the course of Agriculture. They toured different research departments, mainly in-vitro laboratories, the (...)

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Agri- show, is it only a class for farmers?

Category: Minagri News The 8th National annual Agriculture show has started on Tuesday 11th June 2012, at Mulindi Agri-show ground, and many farmers from all around the country have come to exhibit their best practices in agriculture and livestock. Not only national farmers have come, but also farmers and agri-product (...)

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The season 14 A preparation RAB meeting on 4th June 2013

Introduction RAB Agriculture extension department organized the season 14 A preparation meeting on 4th June 2013 at ex-CICA bord room Participants were drawn from RAB/HQ Agriculture Extension team and RAB/Zones., all the Head of Zones and CIP Focal persons actively participated. Objectives To evaluate the season 13 B (...)

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KABUGA HAFATIWE INYAMA ZICURUZWA ZARABOZE

Ikigo cy’Igihugu gishinzwe gutez’imbere Ubuhinzi n’Ubworozi (RAB), ishami rishinzwe ubugenzuzi bw’ibikomoka ku matungo ryasuye amabagiro n’ahacururizwa inyama mu mujyi wa Kigali risanga mu murenge wa Kabuga, Akarere ka Kicukiro, abaturage bahaha inyama zanutse zaratonze uruhumbu. Umuntu wegereye aho izo inyama zacururizwaga (...)

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WB commends agriculture sector

A farmer irrigates maize farm. The World Bank has commended the country’s agriculture projects for lifting populace out of the poverty line. The World Bank regional chief has commended the country’s agriculture sector for efforts in transforming lives especially for rural farmers through effective implementation of the Rural (...)

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Provincial study tour on banana rehabilitation and Cassava development through Farmer Field Study (FFS) in Southern Province, 29th May, 2013.

A study tour for the local administration in south by Governor, PS MINAGRI, DG RAB and all vice mayors of districts in Southern province. FFS Facilitators and co-facilitators from all over the country exhibited in Ruhango (Ruhango sector) and Nyanza (Kigoma) districts the product of the trainings they had this year-long (...)

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MP’s appraise the Artificial Insemination (AI) service delivery to farmers

From 28 to 31 May 2013, Twelve Members of Parliament of the Agriculture, Livestock and Environment Commission lead by Hon. Adolph BAZATOHA, the Chairman, have started the field visit to appraise the Artificial Insemination (AI) service delivery to farmers and its impact in the improvement of livestock production. The field (...)

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MINAGRI yahagurukiye kurwanya iyangirika ry’ishyamba rya Gishwati, 22-05-2013.

Minisiteri y’Ubuhinzi n’Ubworozi (MINAGRI) yafashe ingamba zo kubungabunga Ishyamba rya Gishwati kugira ngo ridakomezwa kwangizwa n’abarituriye. Ibikorwa iyi Minisiteri yatangije birimo ibyo gutera ishyamba ku buso bwangijwe, gukora inzuri n’amaterasi y’indinganire bikazafasha guhashya iyangirika ryaryo n’ibiza. Jean Claude (...)

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MAY 14th 2013 , RAB ORGANIZED A ONE DAY WORKSHOP ON BUILDING RWANDA SOIL HEALTH CONSORTIUM

Considering the importance of soil management in Agriculture development, different actions have been carried out by different actors in soil health within the country to address constraints emerging in this area. A part the biophysical constraints such as soil erosion, soil acidity, nutrients depletion, less improved (...)

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RAB-WAZD honors genocide victims of BISESERO

Friday, 10th May 2013, staff members of RAB-WAZD led by head of Zone Mme Jeannine NUWUMUREMYI, visited Bisesero genocide memorial center and supported genocide survivors in tuumba sector, Karongi District . Donation to orphan The staff members and partners of RAB WAZD honored over 50,000 victims of genocide against (...)

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THE RWANDA SEED INITIATIVE TRAINING IN HORTICULTURE SEED PRODUCTION

The Rwanda Seed Initiative of RAB (with support from the Belgian funded programme SSPAT 2) organized a three days training in horticulture crops and seed production at RAB Mulindi station from May 6 to 8, 2013. Mr. Martin Busobozi, a researcher in Horticulture explaining trainees The trainees included RAB’s technical (...)

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A TWO DAYS WORKSHOP ON MYCOTOXIN CONTAMINATION -MAIZE AND CASSAVA IN RWANDA, 05 May, 2013.

Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) organized a two days inception workshop for the new project “Mycotoxin contamination in Rwanda; quantifying the disease in Cassava and Maize in households and market and sensitization of targeted stakeholders based on a cost / benefit analysis. Project representative from USAID giving the (...)

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RAB cerebrated the Labour Day at Karama, 01/02/2013.

On 1st May 2013 Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) cerebrated the International Labour Day at Karama Station (Gashora) in Eastern Zone. All RAB staff gathered and celebrated with their leaders. The reason of gathering at Karama station was due to many research activities done from there that other zones and stations could also (...)

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MINISTER KALIBATA ATTENDED THE FARMERS DAY IN NYAGATARE

On 26th April 2013, Nyagatare District organized a farmer’s day, where farmers exhibited and demonstrated how far they have gone in agriculture transformation. In the ceremony was present the Ministry of Agriculture and animal resources Dr Agnes Kalibata, district representatives and representatives from RDO (Rwanda (...)

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RAB STAFF COMMEMORATES THE 1994 TUTSI GENOCIDE

April 26th is a historical date on which Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) commemorates to remember victims of the 1994 Tutsi genocide who died at Rubona. The victims were former ISAR staff and other innocent people who hoped to find refuge in a highly research institution. This event took place for the second time (...)

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Muvumba rice farmers told to hit Rwf3.5 billion target

Rice farmers in Muvumba marshland in Nyagatare district are expected to post increased production worth Rwf3.5 billion each season once they adopt best agricultural practices, Agriculture minister Agnes Kalibata has said. Dr Kalibata (L) talks to officials and rice farmers in Nyagatare recently. The minister told the (...)

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My research will help eradicate poverty, Dr. Claire d’Audie Hirwa

Dr. Claire d’Audie Hirwa is an Animal Breeding Researcher and the Head of the Livestock Programme in the Rwanda Agricultural Board (RAB). The 34-year old Hirwa speaks to Women Today about how she managed to excel in the male-dominated field of agricultural research. “I studied animal breeding and genetics at the South China (...)

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RAB meets poultry farmers over bird flu, April 22, 2013

The Rwanda Agricultural Board (RAB) officials have urged poultry farmers to report any new signs and symptoms of bird flu in their poultry farms as well as maintain hygiene in order to avoid catching the deadly disease that has so far killed dozens of people in Asia. The remarks were made at the weekend during a meeting (...)

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RAB ORGANIZED A ONE DAY WORKSHOP FOR THE VALIDATION OF RAB DRAFT STRATEGIC PLAN (2013-2017)

On 18th , April 2013, RAB organized a one day workshop, with the aim of validating the five years RAB draft Strategic Plan (2013-2017), this workshop took place at Lemigo hotel and brought together all stakeholders in agriculture and animal husbandry. This work of drafting RAB Strategic Plan is being done by Mr.Kathiresan (...)

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RAILS NATIONAL MEETING-RAB, 18/04/2013

The Regional Agricultural Information and Learning Systems (RAILS) is a project initiated by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) in collaboration with the Sub-regional Organizations; ASARECA, CORAF/WECARD, SADC and the NARS). This meeting was organized by RAILS Project under Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) (...)

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Burera reaps from land consolidation

At around midday, Rudovic Sibomana, 73, a resident of Bugamba cell, Kinyababa sector in Burera district, is tilling his farm. Sibomana explains how land consolidation is practiced in Kinyababa sector Sibomana, like other farmers has gone for land use consolidation and adopted monoculture. According to Wikipedia, the (...)

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RWANDA AGRICULTURE BOARD ORGANIZED A TWO DAYS WRITE-SHOP

From 15th -16th April 2013 Rwanda Agriculture Board organized a two days write-shop meeting. This meeting took place at Mulindi national agrishow center and brought together RAB researchers. The write-shop was organized in line with the preparation of first Bi-annual forthcoming RAB regional conference on agricultural (...)

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Rwanda Agric Board Upbeat On Food Security.

Rwanda is not food insecure, thanks to governments increased investment in the agriculture sector, an official has said. Innocent Musabyimana, the deputy director in charge of agricultural extension at the Rwanda Agricultural Board, said the government has invested heavily in farm inputs, land consolidation, fertilisers (...)

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Plantwise clinics revolutionising Rwandan agricultural sector .

Kigali: Farmers in Rwanda are increasingly using plant clinics, the newly established knowledge bank that provides plant doctors, other agricultural extension workers and researchers with an array of resources to assist small holding owners with diagnosis and plant disease management. Plantwise clinics are currently (...)

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MEETING OF SEEDS MULTIPLIERS

Friday, April 5th, 2013, a consultative meeting gathered all seed multipliers of the southern agriculture zone division, in the hall of the Catedrale de Butare, Huye. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the way forward of the Private seed sector in the SAZD, meeting the financial institutions, and learn about the (...)

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TRAINING OF THE SAZD SEED POTATOES MULTIPLIERS

On Thursday, April 4th, 2013, a-one day training was held in Huye town. It focussed on the multiplication of the potato seeds, the planting materials of the so-based food commodity in Rwanda. The training comes in the line of the Nation’s program of “Market Oriented Advisory and Quality Seeds” implemented by RAB under the (...)

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Validating and promoting Banana juice Processing Technologies in Rwanda, RAB -Eastern Zone, 03/04/2013

Following a project on “Improved banana processing technologies for market and income generation in Rwanda” that ended last year, this project was then developed to refine and validate the developed technologies. It will be operated in Rwanda in the Southern and Eastern provinces. The main partner will be COPROVIBA, a (...)

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LAUNCHING OF SEASON 2013B IN BURERA DISTRICT WHEAT, 02/04/2013

The Governor of Northern province requested farmers in Burera district to plant selected seeds on a consolidated land, not only as food for their families but for their income as well.They planted wheat on a hilly site on 120ha. The Governor, requested farmers to prioritize wheat crop for the economic development. (...)

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Girinka programme to get 500 exotic cattle

A MSAAD project official gives out a cow. The Girinka project aims at boosting milk production in the country. The New Times / Peterson Tumwebaze. Rwanda milk production could double by the end of 2014 following government efforts to give farmers dairy cattle. Already, it has finalised plans to import 500 exotic heifers (...)

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Eastern Province to get modern veterinary lab

The lab will, among other things, allow for the certification for export. A modern veterinary laboratory will be constructed in Nyagatare district, Eastern Province, as part of Government’s plan to enhance, detect and respond to diseases that can affect the livestock sector. This was disclosed by the Deputy Director (...)

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LAUNCHING OF WHEAT SEASON 2013B IN NYABIHU DISTRICT 27/03/2013

In Nyabihu district, Rurembo sector, Murambi cell, karambi village, Mpinga site is where the season 2013B was launched launched from. The Deputy Director General –RAB, Mr. Musabyimana Innocent says that the reason why they chose this specific crop to this very place is because it is where wheat crop is produced most with a (...)

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FROM 21-22 March 2013, FAO AND RAB ORGANIZED A TWO DAYS WORKSHOP OF FORMULATION OF PILOT PROJECT ON GUIDEDELINES FOR SUSTAINABLE USE OF INLAND WETLANDS IN RWANDA

In line with the implementation of the resolutions of the workshop held in Johannesburg in September 2012 at continental level, in which Rwanda was selected among two African countries where guidelines for sustainable use of inland wetland would be piloted. FAO and RAB organized a two days workshop on the above subject (...)

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RAB receiving a certificate of recognition on Honey product, 20/03/2013.

On 26th-29th of September, 2012 there was an All Africa International Honey Exposition that took place in Ethiopia. In 2010, Rwanda participated at the 2nd ApiExpo organized by Lusaka Zambia where five Rwandan Exhibitors were actively present. ApiExpo Africa 2012 brought together diverse stakeholders on a single platform (...)

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THE SEASON B 2013 LAUNCH IN RWAMAGANA

On March 14th, 2013, Prime Minister Pierre Damien HABUMUREMYI launched the agriculture Season B 2013 in the MUHAZI Sector, Rwamagana District. The launching activities took place in consolidated fields neighboring the Muhazi lake, where Muhazi residents sowed soybeans and conducted community work, led by the Prime (...)

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A MEETING ON AGRICULTURE HELD IN WESTERN PROVINCE

A meeting to promote agriculture in western province took place at provincial conference hall on 13 march 2013 This meeting was chaired by Hon.Minister of Agriculture and Animal resources Dr. Agnes M.KALIBATA. The meeting was officially opened by the Governor of Western Province Mr KABAHIZI Celestin,who gave brief image (...)

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MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE STAFF DONATED 20 COWS TO GAHANGA GENOCIDE SURVIVORS

Today, 06 March 2013, the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources officially gave 20 cows to twenty families of the 1994 Genocide Survivors from Kicukiro District, Gahanga Sector. Those cows were contributed by MINAGRI staff and its affiliated agencies to assist genocide survivors as Rwanda is going to start the (...)

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RAB and JICA launched workshop and Exhibition of beekeeping of eastern province

The Deputy Director General of RAB together with JICA country representative launched two day of workshop and Exhibition of beekeeping of eastern province Tuesday march 6, 2013 in Rwamagana district. The workshop and Exhibition are organized by RAB and JICA in order to promote beekeeping in Eastern province. The Deputy (...)

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RAB releases 6 new varieties of sweet potatoes

The Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) on Friday released 6 new varieties of sweet potatoes intended to give high yield, fight malnutrition and boost agro-processing industry. The varieties were released after three years of research at RAB’s Rubona station set in the Southern Province. The research is done by crossing (...)

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GIRINKA PROGRAM EXPRESSES ITS SOCIAL PROTECTIONISM

Girinka program, a home grown solution of Rwanda for social protection has now distributed over 143,830 cows to vulnerable families country wide with a significant contribution of 50% crossbred Friesians totaling to 50 in-calf heifers to Mageregere sector of Nyarugenge district in fulfillment of heifers donated by H.E Paul (...)

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Meeting on season 2012B between RAB, Rice grower’s cooperatives and owners of Rice factories, 7th February, 2013

The meeting was attended by Hon. Permanent Secretary from the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Deputy Director General in charge of Agriculture Extension in Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB), MINICOM, RAB, FERTILIZER PRGRAM, POST HARVEST & HANDLING TASK FORCE, RSSP/LWH, PADAB/PAIRB, PAPSTA/KWAMP, FUCORIRWA, (...)

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National gene bank prioritizes food security

Workshop of the Rwanda National Genebank (RNGB) Operational Plan February 8th, 2013, Kigali. The objective of the workshop was to review and validate the Operational Plan of the established National Genebank. The strategy was developed under Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) and describes the context, mandate, objectives and (...)

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RAB WAZD organized a Community work in NYABIHU District

From Monday 21th January to Friday 25th 2013 RAB western zone organized a one week workshop at MUSANZE district . The aim of that workshop was to evaluate and set new strategies for to strengthen the implementation LDCF-REMA Project . Thereafter, a community was organined for planting about 2000 species of (...)

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TRAINING OF COMMERCIAL FISH FARMERS TO IMPROVE THEIR ENTERPRISES 21st January, 2013, HUYE DISTRICT.

A National Training Course on “Best Management Practices on Conducting Freshwater Aquaculture as a Business” has been jointly organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Rwanda Agriculture Board. This is within the framework of the ongoing regional project on “Implementation of a (...)

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Rubavu abatishoboye bahawe inkoko 1000

Abatishoboye ba Karukogo bashyikirizwa inkoko na REMA Abaturage bimuwe k’umusozi wa Rubavu batishoboye batujwe mu mudgudu wa Karukogo bashyikirijwe inkoko 1000 zo kubafasha kwihangira imirimo no gufasha abana kugira imirire myiza nyuma yo kubona aho abatujwe n’abundi bufasha bafite bwabaha imibereho. Imiryango irenga 800 (...)

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MEETING BETWEEN RWANDA AGRICULTURE BOARD (RAB) AND RUSIZI DISTRICT ON WHITE GRUB MANAGEMENT IN NKOMBO SECTOR

The meeting on white grub management in Nkombo sector was held on 10 January 2013 and brought together on one hand the district authorities (Vice Mayor in charge of Economic and Development Affaires and district agronomist) and on the other hand the RAB representative (Director of Crop Research and Extension in Western (...)

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ONE COW PER POOR FAMILY PROGRAM 2013 at GASABO DISTRICT

Girinka decentralization in Gasabo District will distribute 129 cross heifers in the year 2012-2013. On 09/01/2013 Girinka decentralization in Gasabo District distributed 52 cross heifers to poor families in three sectors of Rutunga , Gikomero and Bumbogo. Rutunga received 25, Gikomero 19 and Bumbogo 8. Before receiving (...)

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UMUSHINGA AGRA-SHP CLIMBING BEAN PROJECT RAB, 08/01/2013 I NGOMA.

Showing the activities of the project and the importance of climbing beans in Eastern province. The AGRA- SHP Climbing Beans in RAB met farmers from Ngoma District, Karembo Sector on 08/01/2013, to introduce the project and the importance of Climbing bean for Season 2013A. About 500 farmers from Karembo sector turned up, (...)

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RAB WAZD makes control on fisheries in KIVU Lake

Since Dec 2012, the direction of Livestock has worked closer with RNP and established a schedule of night patrol operations across the Kivu Lake in KARONGI, RUTSIRO and NYAMASHEKE districts with purpose of make control on how fishing is being operated. Generally, fishing is well done by cooperatives except some individuals (...)

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FRANCE DIASPORA REACHES GIRINKA PROGRAM

FRANCE DIASPORA REACHES GIRINKA PROGRAM This week has been blessed with exciting events to Girinka program which clocks 140,348 vulnerable families acquiring heifers. Notable events included; France Diaspora donating 3 heifers to new beneficiaries from Gasabo and all female recipients, silver jubilee celebration to make 25 (...)

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A KITCHEN GARDEN CAMPAIGN IN GISHAMVU SECTOR from 27 to 4 December 2012

For many years Rwanda strives to lessen the level of malnutrition. However, many localities are still impacted with malnutrition which constitutes the main cause of child death. For this regard, RAB Southern zone through the Crop Intensification Program launched a Kitchen Gardens campaign in Gishamvu sector from November (...)

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SAZD GENERAL STAFF MEETING

On Tuesday, 27 November, 2012, in the hall of the Genebank building was held a general meeting of all RAB Southern Agriculture Zone Division staffs presided over by the Director of the zone, Mr Louis BUTARE. Assessment of the implementation of the previous meeting minutes, evaluation of the 2013A season in all stations, the (...)

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GIRINKA PROGRAM TO GO INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY-WAY

Girinka program which has been in operation since 2006 has supplied cows to more than 139,152 vulnerable families, a deed highly commendable as a home grown initiative (HGI) that was lead by H.E President KAGAME Paul. Ever since Girinka program inception, all data possessed in the program have been manually kept but a (...)

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National stakeholder forum on plant health clinics at LEMIGO Hotel, 20-21/11/2012

Plantwise is a global initiative which aims at assisting farmers to increase food production and security through reduced poverty by providing free local advice to farmers, strengthening the national plant health systems by establishing plant clinics in places where farmers visit regularly e.g market places. Farmers bring (...)

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CONTROL OF KIRABIRANYA (BXW) THROUGH COMMUNITY MOBILIZATION COMPAIGNS

On Friday 16th November 2012, journalists from different media got involved in a field visit to control BXW (Banana Xanthomonas wilt) in Huye (Mukura sector) and in Ruhango (Ruhango sector) districts. Among the guests were Mr MUSABYIMANA Innocent, RAB DDG in charge of agriculture extension, Dr John NZUNGIZE, SPAT II focal (...)

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RAB RESEARCHERS MEETING HELD IN MUSANZE ON TUESDAY 13TH NOVEMBER 2012

Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) on 13th November 2012 organized a one day researchers meeting at Musanze Northern zone chaired by the Director General Dr Jean Jacques Mbonigaba Muhinda with the main agenda being “Research Scheme of Services, Ranking criteria and proposed individual ranking”. Dr. Jean Jacques M. Muhinda, (...)

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ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION CAMPAIGN IN THE SOUTHERN PROVINCE

From 12th November 2012, an Artificial Insemination campaign is taking place in the Southern Province, starting in Nyamagabe, Gisagara, Kamonyi, Ruhango and Muhanga districts. It targets cows given to smallholder farmers through Girinka Program, those bought on district decentralization funds, NGOs and other projects, and (...)

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Rwanda Agriculture Board organized three day training on climate change

From 7th – 9th November 2012 Rwanda Agriculture Board, through its Eastern Agricultural Zone Division organized a three days training of farmers under the project of Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation. Africa Adaptation Program AAP Project under the memorandum of understanding between RAB and REMA, this project (...)

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National Workshop on Banana Xanthomonas Wilt in Rwanda, November 2nd, 2012

National Workshop on Banana Xanthomonas Wilt in Rwanda, November 2nd, 2012. The Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) supported by FAO funded project ‘Disaster preparedness for food security risks in the Great Lakes Region – Improving responses to the threat of banana (...)

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Launch of Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) Project 2/11/2012.

“Scaling up integrated soil fertility management for improved livelihoods”. Eastern and Central African (ECA) countries depend largely on agriculture. However, land degradation and soil fertility depletion remain major biophysical constraints to agricultural productivity, partly attributable to limited investment in soil (...)

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WORLD FOOD DAY 2012

Hon. Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources Dr. Agnes KALIBATA awarding cows to Kamonyi families in the context of Girinka Program. Although World Food Day is normally celebrated on the 16th of October of every year, countries can participate in celebration any day until the 30th of October. This year, Rwanda decided (...)

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RAB SAZD IN UMUGANDA AT GISAGARA

It is now a habit that the last Saturday of the month is for a community work. The population come across and do an activity that the whole village will benefit: road or bridge construction, tree planting, house building for the most vulnerable, etc. On Saturday, October 27, 2012, RAB SAZD staffs participated in an (...)

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Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) and Agro processing Industries Ltd

Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) and Agro processing Industries Ltd (APL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), 23rd October, 2012. Director General- RAB and Ag. Chief Executive Officer API signing the MOU. Nowadays many countries are losing their genetic resources which are essential for food security as well as (...)

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REMA cautions use of chemical fertilizers

Too much use of chemical fertilisers on farmlands will be counterproductive in the long-run, the country’s top environment watchdog has cautioned. A model maize plantation The warning, by the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (Rema), comes at a time when the government is employing everything possible to increase (...)

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RAB YASUYE ABORONZI BINKOKO

Mu rwego rwo kurushaho gufasha abagore bo mu cyaro kurwanya imirire mibi mu miryango, kuri uyu wa gatanu itsinda abatangampundu ryo mu murenge wa Kivu mu karere ka Nyaruguru ryahawe inkoko zigera kuri 200, abarigize bemeza ko zigiye guhindura byinshi mu mibereho yabo. Dr. NSHIMIYIMANA Alphonse Director of aminal (...)

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Girinka Program Extends Tentacles to IWAWA Island

Following the Right Honorable PM Dr Pierre Damien HABUMUREMYI’s visit to the Island which is currently hosting some youth undergoing moral rehabilitation, Some 20 in- calf Friesian crossbred heifers which the PM promised the Youth Rehabilitation Center at IWAWA were handed over to them by Minister for Youth & ICT Hon. (...)

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Rwanda Host the Regional Fisheries monitoring Workshop at Hotel Chez Lando from 10th-12th October, 2012.

The Workshop is jointly organised by the Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) and the ACP Fish II Programme Regional Facilitation Unit for Eastern Africa (RFU-EA). From left: Program of Fisheries and Fish farming in MINAGRI, Director of Animal Production in RAB, Director General of Animal Resources in MINAGRI, Regional (...)

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More Envisaged Support into GIRINKA Program Program.

Girinka program,a national social support program that has been functional since 2006 gains support from different development partners and has now distributed some 137,876 cows to its beneficiaries against a set target families of 350,000 by 2017. Masada, a UK based project that started its operations in Rwanda in 2005 (...)

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Hon. Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources and RAB team of Program Heads and Senior Research staff held a meeting on 03 October, 2012.

The Honorable Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources met RAB team of Program Heads and senior research staff on October, the 3, 2012. The meeting objective was to discuss on the strategies to optimize agriculture, livestock and forestry research under the framework of new RAB structure. Hon. Minister addressing (...)

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Fishing ban on Lake Kivu lifted, October 04, 2012

RWANDA Agriculture Board (RAB), and the Western Province have lifted a ban on fishing activities on Lake Kivu that has been imposed for the last two months. The ban was adopted as a measure to help replenish fish stocks in the lake, following reports of illegal and disorderly fishing activities on the lake. DDG in (...)

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GUTANGIZA IGIHEMBWE CY’IHINGA CYA 2013A MU KARERE KA NGOMA.

Uyu munsi tariki ya 29/09/2012 mu Karere ka Ngoma, umurenge wa Jarama hatangijwe ku mugaragaro igihembwe cy’ihinga cya 2013A ndetse hatangizwa n’igikorwa cyo kurwanya isuri kizamara amezi atatu.Ibi bikorwa byombi bikaba byakorewe mu muganda rusange usanzwe usoza ukwezi kwa Nzeli 2012. Iyi gahunda yitabiriwe n’abaturage benshi (...)

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Agric minister receives Yara Award, September 29, 2012

President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania, Kofi Annan and Jørgen Ole Haslestad of Yara International with Yara Prize recipients source of photo http://in2eastafrica.net The Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Dr Agnes Kalibata, on Thursday received the Yara Award for 2012 for her efforts in ensuring food security in (...)

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TRAINING ON MUSHROOM TECHNOLOGY

A four-days training on mushroom technology , held at the China-Rwanda Agriculture Technology Demonstration Centre, C-RATDC, in RAB Rubona station, from 25th to 28th September, 2012. From right to left: Mr Lin Yingxing (Deputy Director of C-RATDC), Mr Lin Zhansen, (Director of C-RATDC), Mr Alexandre NIYONSHIMA (RAB (...)

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AB SOUTHERN ZONE OFFERED COWS TO CHILDREN OF THE FORMER ISAR EMPLOYEES VICTIMS OF THE 1994 TUTSI GENOCIDE

The previous commemoration of former ISAR employees who died in the 1994 Tutsi Genocide, staff of RAB Southern zone raised funds to support the most vulnerable of the victims’ children. The event took place on the evening of September 25th, 2012, in the farms of the Rubona station. Two freshly inseminated cows were offered (...)

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Gatsibo District Launched 2013A planting season on 26th September 2012

Dr. Jean Jacque Mbonigaba ( with acap) with the farmer during the launching of season planting in Gatsibo District Like in other districts of country, Gatsibo district officially launched season planting of maize calling upon members to use fertilizers and good seeds as well as implementing advisers from their leader (...)

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Farmers to share best practices - September 26, 2012

A new initiative to equip farmers with basic farming techniques has been introduced by Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB). The new initiative follows many other measures that RAB has put in place to increase farmer`s productivity and food security RAB has selected 14,837 model farmers who will be in charge of educating other (...)

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Umuganura in Nyabihu and season 2013A launching.

When season 2013A was being launched in Arusha cell, Bigogwe sector, Nyabihu District on 11/09/2012, farmers were encouraged to plant on time, by using fertilizers and taking care of their . RAB and farmers officially started this season by planting maize. DG RAB giving the opening remarks. The Director General of (...)

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Nyabihu: Batangiye igihembwe cy’ihinga cya 2013 A basabwa guhingira igihe

Ubwo hatangizwaga igihembwe cy’ubuhinzi cya 2013 A mu karere ka Nyabihu, tariki 11/09/2012, abaturage bashishikarijwe guhingira igihe, gukoresha ifumbire n’inyongeramusaruro ndetse no kwita ku butaka bahingaho. Iki gihembwe cyatangirijwe mu murenge wa Bigogwe, akagari ka Arusha, ahatewe imbuto nziza y’ibigori ku materasi ari (...)

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Ukwezi kwahariwe kurwanya indwara yibisazi byimbwa, 10/09/2012.

Mu rwego rwo kurinda ubuzima bw’abantu n’amatungo, Ikigo RAB cyatangije ku mugaragaro igikorwa cyo gukingira indwara y’ibisazi by’imbwa n’ibikorwa byo kwigisha abaturage iby’iyi ndwara uyu munsi taliki ya 10 Nzeli 2012. Ku rwego rw’igihugu ,uyu muhango wabereye mu karere ka Rulindo mu murenge wa Bushoki ahakingiwe imbwa 87 (...)

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Africa advised to increase agriculture spending

The Forum for Agriculture Research in Africa (FARA) has decried African governments’ persistent under-funding of the agricultural sector as the leading cause of slow development on the continent. Agriculture Minister Dr. Agnes Kalibata (L) chats with the Executive Director of Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (...)

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Rwanda Agriculture Board organized a three days training on climate change mitigation and Adaptation

From 5th – 7th September 2012 Rwanda Agriculture Board, through its Eastern Agricultural Zone Division organized a three days training of farmers under the project of Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Africa Adaptation Program AAP Project under the memorandum of understanding between RAB and REMA, this project (...)

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African female leaders awarded the Yara Prize

Oslo, September 05, 2012 The Yara Prize 2012 is being awarded to Dr. Agnes Kalibata, Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources in Rwanda, and to Dr. Eleni Gabre-Madhin, outgoing CEO of the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX) in Ethiopia. The Yara Prize Committee has selected two prominent African female leaders for their (...)

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Minagri Staffs Contributed Rwf 420 Million towards Agaciro Development Fund.

Finance Minister John Rwangombwa (L) receives a dummy cheque from Agriculture Minister Agnes Kalibata as other ministry staff. The staff contributed Rwf420 million towards the Agaciro Development Fund. Finance Minister John Rwangombwa (L) receives a dummy cheque from Agriculture Minister Agnes Kalibata as other (...)

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Rwanda Agriculture Board organized a training on climate change awareness

From 28-31 August 2012 Rwanda Agriculture Board, through its Western Agricultural Zone Division organized a three days training of farmers under the project of Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation (LDCF) operates in the western zone. The aim of this training was to create awareness of farmers and farmers’ cooperatives (...)

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RAB organized a four days trainin in Bugesera

There is a serious problem of a viral disease called Cassava Mosaic Disease majorly for cassava. This disease is causing a decrease in production of cassava, so appropriate management measures were to be taken rapidly and continuously. So RAB have organised this training of Trainers (ToT) on cassava to aquire more knowledge (...)

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SEED PROGRAM ORGANIZED A MEETING WITH SEED MULTIPLIERS

Today, on 17th August, 2012 RAB in jointed with BTC (Belgium Technical Agency) in the Support to SPAT II Program organised a one day meeting with all seed multipliers in Rwanda at RAB Mulindi station. Deputy Director General Agriculture Extension (Right) and Head of Seed Program (Left) The objective of the meeting was (...)

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Delegate from RPF INKOTANYI general secretariat visited RAB

09 August 2012, Rwanda patriotic front RPF in his mandate it has the responsibility of visiting its members working in different organization with the aim of discussing issues related to the implementation of various government programs. Thursday 09 August 2012 Rwanda agriculture received Hon. Jean Damascene BIZIMANA a (...)

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A ONE WEEK TRAINING, SIMLESA

From 06-10 August 2012 Rwanda Agriculture Board RAB organized one week training for Sustainable Intensification of maize-legume based Farming Systems for Food Security in Eastern and Southern Africa (SIMLESA), this training brought together delegates from South Soudan, Rwanda and Uganda. Participants of the meeting (...)

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TREES FOR FOOD SECURITY WORKSHOP

From 09 August 2012 in Umubano Hotel, was held a workshop on trees for Food security in east Africa. Trees for food security are a project launched to encourage farmers in East Africa to grow trees on farms for improved food and nutritional security. The four -countries four –Years project (2012-2016) is funded largely by (...)

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NATIONAL HARVEST DAY – “UMUGANURA

At the Ancient History Museum – Nyanza, Rukari, the annual harvest day “UMUGANURA” was held on the 3rd of August 2012. In Rwandan tradition “Thanks Giving day – ‘Umuganura’” was one of the most important ceremonies performed by Rwandans at the beginning of every harvest season. This event came second to the most important ceremony (...)

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PM REPORTED TO THE PARLIAMENT ON AGRICULTURE SECTOR.

PM (Right) together with The PS (Left) presenting the annual Agriculture achievments. The Governments achievements in the agricultural sector were reported on the 2nd of August 2012 by the Prime Minister Pierre Damien Habumuremyi, in accordance with the article 134 of the Rwandan Constitution which states that the (...)

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Agri- researchers to share findings

On 2 end August 2012, Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) has launched a system that will enable its researchers to disseminate and acquire information from their regional counterparts. A model maize plantation. The online system dubbed (...)

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Sobanukirwa n’umunsi w’umuganurauya 1-August 2012

Tariki ya 1 Kanama mu Rwanda ifatwa nk’umunsi w’Umuganura aho ubusanzwe mu mateka ari umuhango wahoze mu nzira z’ubwiru. Uyu muhango wari ufite akamaro ko gusangira no kwishimira umusaruro mu gitaramo cyiswe icy’umuganura. Uyu muganura ariko wagiraga n’undi mumaro wo kuzirikana umwami nka Nyir’uburumbuke bakamutura urutete (...)

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Rwanda Rusizi: ISAE, RAB conduct research to ensure crop protection August 1, 2012

A group of students, teachers and researchers in The Higher Institute of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry (ISAE) and workers of Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) in Nkombo sector in Rusizi district made a research on a caterpillar that destroys people’s crops. This research came following another research that was done there (...)

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NYAMASHEKE HOSTED THE MEETING ON SASON PREPARATION 2013 A

On this 27th July 2012,a meeting was held in Nyamasheke district, this meeting was chaired by DDG –RAB in charge of extension Mr .MUSABYIMANA Innocent franked by Nyasheke Vice Mayor in charge of economic affairs Mr Chalres BAHIZI, and Head of Zone RAB WZD Mrs. NUWUMUREMYI Jeannine. This meeting brought together sectors (...)

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Rwanda Agriculture Board organized a training of Farmer’s cooperatives

From 18-20 July 2012 Rwanda Agriculture Board, through the Western Agricultural Zone Division organized a three days training of farmers under the project of Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation (LDCF) operating in Rutsiro District. The aim of this training was to create awareness of farmers and farmers’ cooperatives on (...)

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A farmer has donated 200 chicks to support a cooperative in Gicumbi District

On Thursday, July 12, 2012, a cooperative of poultry farmers in Kabuye village, Ikigabiro cell, Rutare sector in Gucumbi District received a donation of 200 chicks from a farmer based in Musanze District. Mr.Minirakiza Jean de Dieu who donated the chicks is an experienced poultry farmer who has a flock of 5100 layer (...)

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Dairy farmers to benefit from new deal 09 July, 2012.

Rwanda Development Bank (BRD) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources have signed a memorandum of understanding to support dairy farmers to import around 1,000 higher milk producing dairy cattle breeds in the first phase of the programme to modernise the sector. A dairy cow drinking water The agreement is (...)

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Rwanda “not affected by foot and mouth disease”

The Deputy Director of Animal Resources Extension at the Rwanda Agricultural Board (RAB), Dr Christine Kanyandekwe, has announced that the country’s animals are safe despite the outbreak of Foot-and-mouth disease that has ravaged the western part of neighbouring Uganda. Foot and mouth disease not a threat any more. (...)

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Eastern Province and RAB have launched banana rehabilitation scaling up

Eastern Province of Rwanda and RAB have launched large banana rehabilitation campaign. The launching ceremony has taken place at Gipangu village of Gakenke cell, located at Kiramuruzi sector of Gatsibo district on 12 July 2012. From right, the Director General of Agriculture in MINAGRI, the Director General of (...)

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Burera: The official release of five climbing bean varieties, 20th June, 2012. RAB CB-12-8/RWV 2887, RAB CB-12-1/RWV 3006, RAB CB-12-3/RWV 3316, RAB CB-12-4/RWV 3117 and RAB CB-12-6/MAC 42 : Iron Dense, High Yielding, Multiple Disease Resistant and Marketable Climbing and Snap Bean Varieties, respectively are the names of (...)

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National Milk Week, celebrated in Nyamagabe, June 7, 2012

Milk keeps children healthy and helps them to grow strong. The world milk day is celebrated on the 1st of every June. Milk keeps children healthy and helps them to grow strong. Rwanda have not been celebrating this day before but from this year the National Milk Week was set in the first week of every June; it was (...)

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Hon Prime Minister Officially Launches 7th National Agriculture Show

This year’s agricultural show is operating under the theme of “Accelerating Agricultural Transformation by Promoting Agro-Processing Industries and Post Harvest Technology.” It has a specific focus on post harvest handling and storage techniques and is a way for farmers, cooperatives, stakeholders, producers, suppliers and (...)

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Experts commend Rwanda’s agricultural policies in the meeting held from 21-23 june 2012

The Executive Board of the Forum for Agriculture Research in Africa (FARA) has commended Rwanda for its efforts in implementing agricultural policies that uplift the lives of farmers. Dr Tiemoko YO, Chairman of FARA Speaking after field visits to Rulindo and Musanze districts, Dr Tiemoko YO, Chairman of FARA, noted (...)

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The veterinarians of Milk Collection Center’s cooperatives training was officially closed 22 May 2012.

29 veterinarians of Milk Collection Centers (MCC) cooperatives from four zones of the Eastern Province (Bugesera, Gatsibo, Kirehe and Nyagatare) were trained on artificial insemination techniques by Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) a month. Jaques Mugiraneza, explaining the use of Artificial Insemination (AI) materials (...)

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New partnership to boost cultural tourism-Nyanza

On 16th May, 2012, Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) has signed a pact with the Institute of National Museums of Rwanda (INMR) that will see the multiplication and exhibition of local breed cattle. Dr.JJ MBONIGABA (Right) and Alphonce Bartson UMULISA respectively Directors Generals RAB,INMR signing the MOU at (...)

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The training of veterinarians of sector from the Northern Province has been officially closed, 09 may 2012

A training on cattle artificial insemination technique of 31 veterinarians from all sectors of the Northern Province that lasted for a month has been officially closed by the Governor of that province by providing certificates and Artificial Insemination (AI) materials to the trainees. This training was organized by Rwanda (...)

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First harvest of Maize in Rukore , Arusha , Bigogwe from terraces.

Since July 2010, MINAGRI with the help of some other stakeholders initiated the project of sensitization, mobilisation, roads development, crops development and terraces, drainage, forest plantation in terraces and their regeneration. The completion of this project is expected in June 2013. In Rukore village, Arusha cell, (...)

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PM calls for demand-driven research to boost growth

HUYE–Agriculture research centres should contribute towards addressing the community’s needs and help farmers increase productivity to lift themselves out of poverty, Prime Minister Dr Pierre Damien Habumuremyi has said. The centre is a joint initiative by the Government of Rwanda and the People’s Republic of China He was (...)

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Through Bothar, Irish Government supports Girinka Program

The Irish government, through an Irish-based organisation, Bothar, donated 66 Friesian cows to the government in support of Girinka program. Girinka program (One cow per poor Family) was inspired by the Rwandan culture and initiated by His Excellency the President of the Republic in 2006. Bothar, which operates in Ireland (...)

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Lord Sainsbury Interested in Rwanda Tea Sector

“I would like to help Rwanda achieve,” stated Lord Sainsbury at a meeting held with Hon. Minister Kalibata at the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) on 25 January 2012, regarding his interest in the tea industry and Strategic Capacity Building Initiative through the Africa Governance Initiative (AGI). (...)

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NEW Project to Increase Farmer Incomes

“When I saw supporting rural income through exports I had to give up everything to come here because we need it,” stated Governor of Central Bank ClaverGatete at the official launching of the IFAD and MINAGRI supported initiative, Project for Rural Income Through Exports (PRICE). The official launching ceremony was held at (...)

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Private sector urged to invest in Agricultural secto

The Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources Dr. Agnes Kalibata has called on the business community to invest in agri-businesses. She was addressing journalists at the ministry headquarters office located at Kacyiru" The current involvement of the private sector in agro-business activities is still very low and I (...)

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India’s Secretary of the Ministry of Water Resources Visits MINAGRI

Mr. Dhruv Vijai Singh, the Secretary in the Ministry of Water Resources India met with Hon. Minister Agnes Kalibata this morning Hon. Minister Agnes Kalibata receiving the feasibility report from Secretary Singh and Chairman Gupta to discuss the irrigation feasibility report conducted by the WAPCOS Team. WAPCOS is a (...)

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Minister Kalibata meets with NUR and Researchers from Global Knowledge Initiative

On Wednesday 12th January 2012, Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources Dr. Agnes Kalibata met the NUR and Researchers in Coffee from Global Knowledge Initiative (GKI). The objective of this meeting was to discuss the potato taste (PT) in coffee and a related article that was published by University of California (...)

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Press Conference on Girinka Bank with Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources.

This Tuesday, 13th December 2011, The Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Dr Agnes KALIBATA held a press conference on the Girinka Bank program. The Girinka Bank Program has given loans to 3,590 farmers to purchase cows. Girinka Bank is implemented in 2 categories through Banque Populaire du Rwanda. The first (...)

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MINAGRI Signs MoU with Congo Brazzaville

Honorable Minister Agnes KALIBATA is currently hosting Honorable Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture in Congo Brazzaville, Mr. Hellot Matson Mampouya. on 12 December 2011 the two Ministers met to sign a MoU between Rwanda and Congo Brazzaville. The purpose of the MoU is to strengthen cooperation within the fishing (...)

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US Ambassador to the UN joins Minister Kalibata at Masaka Dairy Development Center

(L-R) RAB DDG of Animal Resources Extension Dr. Christine Kanyandekwe, and MINAGRI DG of Animal Resources Dr. Theogene Rutagwenda joined Ambassador Rice, Hon Minister Dr. Agnes Kalibata, and Ambassador Koran 23 November 2011- Hon. Minister Kalibata met with United States Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador (...)

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40 Young Professionals Trained in Irrigation Best Practices

Over the past two weeks 40 young professionals in the field of irrigation have come together for training on irrigation best practices. The training is the result of a MoU signed between the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources under the Irrigation and Mechanization Task Force and Kenya under the Ministry of Water (...)

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Through Bothar, Irish Government supports Girinka Program

The 66 Friesian cows being off loaded at KIGALI AIRPORT The Irish government, through an Irish-based organisation, Bothar, donated 66 Friesian cows to the government in support of Girinka program. Girinka program (One cow per poor Family) was inspired by the Rwandan culture and initiated by His Excellency the President (...)

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Cup of Excellence Auction Concluded

Several People Participated to the Online Auction Rwanda was honoured to host the 3rd Cup of Excellence competitions and is proud to be considered one of the highest quality coffee producing countries in the world. Rwanda announced the 3rd Live Internet auction for the coffees that passed in the Cup of Excellence (...)

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