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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]