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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

FAO-IFAD train farmers in contract farming

Over 30 government officials, including law and policy makers, leaders of cooperatives from the private agribusiness sector, NGO’s and stakeholders have attended a four-day training contract farming course at Umubano Hotel, Kigali. Under the theme “Legal and Operational Aspects of Contract Farming Schemes”, the workshop was focused on increasing linkages between farmers and agribusiness firms […]

FAO-IFAD train farmers in contract farming

Over 30 government officials, including law and policy makers, leaders of cooperatives from the private agribusiness sector, NGO’s and stakeholders have attended a four-day training contract farming course at Umubano Hotel, Kigali. Under the theme “Legal and Operational Aspects of Contract Farming Schemes”, the workshop was focused on increasing linkages between farmers and agribusiness firms […]

Campaigning on climate science consensus may backfire

Climate change campaigns that focus on correcting public beliefs about scientific consensus are likely to backfire and undermine policy efforts, according to an expert commentary published today in Environmental Communication. The six authors of the commentary argue campaigns which emphasize variations on messages such as, “97% of climate scientists have concluded that human-caused climate change […]

Efficient land use vital for sustainable devt – scholars

Dr Gasingirwa speaks during the conference in Kigali yesterday.(Nadege Imbabazi) EFFECTIVE use and management of land is vital amid the rapidly growing population, scholars said yesterday. The scholars were speaking at a one-day conference dubbed, “Local Solutions to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs), in Kigali on Wednesday. The symposium, organised by the Great Lakes […]