Kigali’s largest unplanned settlement set for facelift

An artistic impression of the newly planned settlement in Busanza (top) in Kanombe Sector, Kicukiro District where the people who will be relocated from Kangondo neighborhood (bottom) in Nyarutarama, Gasabo District, will be relocated. / Courtesy & Timothy Kisambira   Rural-urban migration is a common phenomenon in all developing countries and the increasing numbers of […]

Our focus is market-oriented agriculture, says Mukeshimana

Rwamagana farmer Xavier Baributsa (middle) and some of his workers attend to green pepper at the farmer’s greenhouse. Business-oriented farming is key to increase agro-production and exports. / File   The government targets about 8 per cent annual growth for the agriculture sector from the current 6 per cent under the second Economic Development and […]

REMA sounds warning to wetland encroachers

Residents are evacuated from Nyabugogo wetland. Rwanda Environment Management Authority has warned wetland encroachers that the law will catch up with them. / Timothy Kisambira   The Director General of the Rwanda Environmental Management Authority (REMA), Eng. Coletha Ruhamya, has warned wetland encroachers that they will be prosecuted. Her remarks came after reports that Police […]

Uganda moves to tap regional food market

Cassava is one of the food crops the country has identified for export to other EAC member states. / File. Uwanziga. Kampala – Uganda has outlined strategies geared at enabling the country tap into the growing the regional food market. According to the country’s Ministry of Agriculture, food crops where Uganda has a comparative advantage […]

Machinery use in rice growing in Nyagatare

The new tractors plough in the 1,750 hectares of Muvumba marshland. / Timothy Kisambira   Rice growers in Nyagatare District are in a buoyant mood after receiving Rwf100 million worth of farm machinery, saying it will ease operations and boost production. Muvumba Perimetre Eight rice growers cooperative acquired the farm machinery (five tractors) using a […]

Project to help improve skills of horticulture farmers launched

Tomatoes grown using soilless culture in Kayonza District. The practice is common in Israel. The country is going to start a project to support Rwanda’s horticulture sector. / File. horticulture sector players and agriculture students will soon be able to acquire modern farming skills, thanks to a new Israel-sponsored project. Epimaque Nsanzabaganwa, the head of […]

A former peasant turned coffee millionaire

The enterprising farmer and her husband in their coffee plantation. / Remy Niyingize. The life of Francine Mukareta and Vincent Bakundukize was characterised by subsistence farming 10 years ago. The couple from Huye District lived from hand to mouth with no savings or investments to their name. However, all this was to change after Mukareta […]

A culture of coffee consumption will spur growth, says expert

Kawashima shows Nyamaseke farmers how to prune coffee trees. The expert is working to improve yields and quality. Timothy Kisambira.   Jose Kawashima is a Japanese coffee expert currently working with the National Agricultural Export Board (NAEB). Kawashima, also the representative director and president of All for Coffee Limited, a Japan-based global coffee company, says […]