What agriculture policies do the candidates offer?

The country has entered the third week of the presidential campaigns and the three candidates have been traversing the country pitching their manifestos to the electorate, ahead of the presidential elections slated for August 3 and 4. Incumbent Paul Kagame (RPF-Inkotanyi), Frank Habineza (Green Party), and Philippe Mpayimana (Independent) have given priority to agriculture sector, […]

Farmers urged to embrace agriculture mechanisation

Mechanisation, like use of combine harvesters, reduces post-harvest losses. / Kelly Rwamapera.   SMALL farmers in Nyagatare District, Eastern Province have been urged to embrace modern methods of agriculture to improve output and produce in a sustainable manner. George Mupenzi, the Nyagatare District mayor, said it is crucial for individual farmers and co-operatives to acquire […]

Private sector members urged to invest in irrigation schemes

Kagitumba Irrigation Scheme in Nyagatare District. The private sector in the east has been called upon to invest in projects like this irrigation. / Kelly Rwamapera.   Private Sector Federation (PSF) members in Eastern Province have been urged to utilise the available chances to invest in irrigation and other water projects. Judith Kazayire, the governor […]

Govt introduces scheme to ease access to agriculture insurance

Workers harvest tomatoes at Xavier Baributsa’s farm in Nyakariro, Rwamagana District. The new initiative by government seeks to help farmers secure insurance cover for their crops at low rates. / File   Farmers have for long suffered losses due to different disasters such as floods, drought and pests and diseases. But most local farmers do […]

The school dropout who earns millions from pineapple farming

Habiyakare demonstrates how farmers should remove a sucker. / Sam Ngendahimana   When Emile Habiyakare dropped out of school over 15 years ago due to lack of fees, his future became uncertain. He, however, says the experience forced him to think outside the proverbial box and started doing small income-generating projects to earn a living. […]

Nyaruguru farmer donates 90 cows to poor households

Ninety-five vulnerable households in Nyaruguru District have so far received cows donated by a benevolent livestock farmer in the area to help improve their livelihoods. Jean Damascene Gasinzigwa, a survivor of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi,  says he started the compassionate act in the post-Genocide period, starting with disadvantaged survivors. “Before the Genocide I […]

Allocate more funds to agriculture – MPs

MP Rwaka (L) speaks during the plenary session in Parliament as deputy chairperson of the committee Annonciata Mukarugwiza looks on. (Nadege Imbabazi) AGRICULTURE deserves more funding than is currently accorded and the Government should consider the sector’s significance to the economy in the forthcoming Budget Allocation, legislators have said. The issue was raised when the […]