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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Climate stabilization

Planting trees cannot replace cutting carbon dioxide emissions Growing plants and then storing the CO2 they have taken up from the atmosphere is no viable option to counteract unmitigated emissions from fossil fuel burning, a new study shows. The plantations would need to be so large, they would eliminate most natural ecosystems or reduce food […]

Gasabo to be transformed into ‘model green city’

An artistic impression of a green neighbourhood. Rwanda already has a comprehensive green building policy. Efforts to encourage green growth and sustainable development have got a boost following an announcement by the Ministry of Natural Resources to develop part of the City of Kigali as model green city. According to officials plans are already underway […]

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 […]

Ministers explain Rwanda’s efforts to mitigate climate change

Dr Biruta and other officials plant grass during a special community exercise (Umuganda) last month at Nyandungu Wetland which is being developed into an Eco-Tourism Park. (Courtesy)   The Ministers in charge of environment, disaster preparedness, and agriculture yesterday held a consultative meeting with lawmakers that revolved around the effects of Climate Change. The minister […]

Wetland Encroachers Stand Warned, Prosecution is Coming

Community during umuganda in Nyandungu Eco Park. Schools, houses that were established in wetlands will have to relocate Property owners with facilities located in wetlands should start planning relocation before the bulldozers come rumbling – as government takes a more hardline stance. President Paul Kagame said Saturday that alternative locations are going to be found […]