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 […]

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. […]

Gov. targets to fetch $1.5 billion from foreign direct investments

Clare Akamanzi, the CEO of RDB, chats with Stephen Ruzibiza, CEO of the Private Sector Federation, during press conference yesterday. / Nadege Imbabazi  The Government is projecting to attract foreign direct investments worth about $1.5 billion projects this year, according to Rwanda Development Board. As of May, 49 investments had brought in about $500 million, […]

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 […]