(Source: The NewTimes)
Horticulture sector stakeholders should embrace international standards and ensure quality along the value chain to boost exports into European markets, experts have said. The Dutch and UK experts added that Rwanda can only be able to increase its exports to Europe if farmers and exporters ensure quality along value chain and also add value to horticulture produce.
In addition, there is need to increase the sector’s production capacity so as to ensure sustainable supply to meet this growing demand in Europe, said Dolar Amarshi Popat, the UK’s trade envoy to Rwanda and Uganda.
Popat, who was speaking during the horticulture connect summit in Kigali yesterday, added that more investors from the United Kingdom and the Netherlands were interested in investing more resources toward the development of Rwanda’s and regional horticulture sector.
“The investors are being driven by Rwanda’s horticulture potential and the ea... Read more
In an effort of improving the online visibility of our members' businesses/activities/services (which is an important marketing tip in these increasing digital times). We will be providing this training (to a maximum of 14 participants/day) every Thursday after two weeks of each month between 05 April 2018 - 26 July 2018 (N.B: THE PARTICIPATION IN THIS TRAINING IS FREE OF CHARGE)
The AgriProFocus online platform is one of the main exchange and communication tool. With this tool, you can:
- Access useful local contacts through our Directory
- Market your products/services in our MarketPlace
- Market your organization/company
- Discuss agricultural issues with people from all over the world.
The online platform features new content on a daily basis with the latest news and information, an online marketplace to trade, a forum to discuss and an agribusiness directory where you can find all connected organisations and companies.
What will you learn?
This training will provide you with hands-on e... Read more
On 14th&15th Feb, Rwanda will host HORTICULTURE CONNECT, this is a conference that will introduce British and Dutch investors and buyers of horticultural produce to Rwandan exporters. This will be a good starting point in creating firm trade and investment opportunities in the sector.
It is free of charge to attend the event. Interested participants have to contact National Agricultural Export Development Board (http://www.naeb.gov.rw/index.php?id=1)
(Deadline: 22nd February 2018)
SPARK is a growing, young, dynamic development NGO with 80 staff members in offices in Amsterdam, Belgrade, Bujumbura, Juba, Kigali, Monrovia, Mitrovica, Pristina and Ramallah. SPARK develops higher education and entrepreneurship, so that young ambitious people are empowered to lead their post-conflict society into prosperity.
SPARK is achieving its mission by organizing business plan competitions, business skills training, SME coaching & mentoring, business incubation, SME financing, intensive higher vocational summer courses, curriculum development and quality assurance at universities and higher vocational education institutions.
SPARK is currently looking for a Project Officer Irish Potato Value chain Financing (IPoVaF). The Project Officer will be responsible to provide technical support on the implementation of the Irish Potato Value chain financing (IPoVaF) project under the direct supervision of the Pro... Read more
On March 19-23, 2018, IFDC will organize an international workshop on “Improving Fertilizer Quality for Highly Productive Agriculture: Lessons from Country Assessments and Regulatory Systems in Africa and Asia” at the Naura Springs Hotel in Arusha, Tanzania.
The main objectives of this one week workshop are to enable participants to:
1) Identify quality problems in fertilizers;
2) Identify fertilizer as well as management-related factors that influence quality of fertilizers;
3) Identify external factors (other than fertilizer properties) that impact quality;
4) Apply this knowledge to assess fertilizer quality for their businesses, countries or regions; and
5) Contribute to the design and implementation of national or regional quality regulations that ensure farmers the access to fertilizers that meet the required specifications.
Deadline: September 30, 2018
The Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze Activity is releasing an Annual Program Statement (APS) to award matching grants in support of its activities. As a first step, Hinga Weze is seeking Concept Notes for potential funding of grant projects. Instructions for completing the Concept Note can be found in the attached document. The grants will be awarded and implemented in accordance with the USAID and US Government regulations governing grants and Hinga Weze internal grant management policies.
This solicitation will target only smallholder farmers, farmers organizations and agricultural SMEs working in Rwandan high-value horticulture, maize, high iron beans, orange flesh sweet potato and Irish potato in Gatsibo, Kayonza, Bugesera, Ngoma (Eastern Province); Nyabihu, Rutsiro, Ngororero Nyamash... Read more
With GLOBAL G.A.P certification, the firm will now find it easier to export its produce across the world without any limitations. The GLOBAL G.A.P stamp of standards is global acknowledgement that Nature Fresh Foods meets Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), which gives the exporter an easy entry into new market and increases competitiveness.
It becomes the second Rwandan horticulture firm to receive the certification after Garden Fresh.
(Source: The Newtimes)
Musanze-based potato processing plant, which produces the Winnaz Crisps brand, is set to scale up its production capacity five-fold, officials have said. This follows major upgrades of the plant for both its frying and packaging lines.
Located in Gacaca sector in Musanze District, the factory is co-owned by a Dutch company, Hollanda Fair Foods Limited, and a Rwandan investor. It manufactures high end crisps from a selected variety of Irish potatoes. Launched three years ago, the factory has had capacity of producing only two tonnes, which according to its managers, was below the supply capacity.
When many university students complete their studies, one of their biggest preoccupations is how to land government or corporate jobs. For many, getting white collar jobs is the only alternative after campus.
However, for Evangeline Mukazigama, a graduate of accounting from Kigali Independent University (ULK), job-seeking was out of the equation, thanks to her passion for farming and entrepreneurship. Though the move surprised many, for her it was a natural choice having raised all her university tuition fees from farming activities.
“For me the thought of job-seeking was like a huge burden I couldn’t bear,” says the 30-year-old resident of Rurenge, Remera sector in Gatsibo District, Eastern Province.
So I decided to apply the knowledge gained from university to carry out my own income-generating activities to make more money, Mukazigama added.
(Source: The NewTimes)
The agricultural exports body has embarked on a nationwide exercise to register horticulture exporters as it moves to strengthen collaboration with sector players to ensure quality and boost competitiveness.
“The National Agricultural Export Board (NAEB) wishes to informs its esteemed partners and exporters of vegetables, fruits and flowers (fresh or dried) or those who plan to start such export to register at NAEB, a notice issued by the export body on December 28 reads in part. It added that this (list of exporters) will serve as reference and basis to draw strategies and also help to strengthen collaboration with the aim of boosting volumes and quality of horticultural exports from Rwanda by complying with export market requirements.
Commenting on the initiative, Eric Ruganintwari, the head of quality assurance at the National Agricultural Export Board (NAEB), said the exercise is designed to bring together... Read more
Deadline: March 01st, 2018
TONY ELUMELU FOUNDATION is now accepting applications for the 4th cycle of $100M entrepreneurship development programme.
Established in 2010, The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) is the leading philanthropy in Africa championing entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs across the continent. The Foundation’s long-term investment in empowering African entrepreneurs is emblematic of Tony Elumelu’s philosophy of Africapitalism, which positions Africa’s private sector, and most importantly entrepreneurs, as the catalyst for the social and economic development of the continent. The Foundation’s flagship initiative, the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme, is a 10-year, $100 million commitment to identify, train mentor and fund 10,000 entrepreneurs, capable of changing the face of business across Africa.
Africa’s largest philanthropy supporting entrepreneur... Read more
Founded in 2005, eLearning Africa is the leading pan-African conference and Ministerial Round Table on ICT enhanced training, digital learning and educational technology. The three day event offers participants the opportunity to develop multinational and cross-industry contacts and partnerships, as well as to enhance their knowledge and skills.
Over 12 consecutive years, eLearning Africa has hosted 16,228 participants from 100+ different countries around the world, with over 85% coming from the African continent. More than 3,300 speakers have addressed the conference about every aspect of technology enhanced education and skills development.
This year’s conference will be co-hosted by the Republic of Rwanda,with the support of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of ICT in collaboration with the Rwanda Convention Bureau.
For interested applicants, there is also a Call for Papers to be presented in the eLearning Africa event, the 13th International Con... Read more
Dear members, we are glad to share with you our our latest newsletter, we hope
this will help you to keep up to date on our latest news.
In this newsletter, you will read more about the outcomes of the 3rd Youth in Agribusiness Festival that took place on 22nd November 2017 at the UR-CAEVM, Nyagatare Campus. This year, Youth in Agribusiness Festival themed "Youth as Catalyst for Agribusiness Development in Rwanda"
You will also find various important updates and opportunities emerging from our network that are shared in this newsletter.
AgriProFocus Rwanda wishes you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2018.
EKN Kigali is implementing the Aid, Trade and Investment policy letter of November 2014, in which the food security and nutrition policy spearhead features, in a balanced way. Aid projects are underway, starting or in formulation in the different result areas: nutrition, agricultural productivity, ecological sustainable production systems and the enabling environment. There is a close cooperation with the EKN water program which has an important IWRM project underway. Project managing and implementing partners are UNICEF, GoR MINAGRI, World Bank, GoR MININFRA, SNV/Agriterra/CDI-WUR/IDH/HollandGreentech, MottMcDonald (TA –IWRM). There is close cooperation with the Agricultural Office of the EKN Kigali (Agricultural Council) to identify and facilitate opportunities to introduce Dutch technology and innovation in the food security, nutrition and agribusin... Read more
Pests and diseases cause a substantial economic loss to crop farmers. Other than reducing yield and lowering harvest quality, pest and disease control increases production costs in terms of buying the chemicals to control them. Besides chemicals being expensive and not readily available, they also have adverse effects on the environment, humans and non-target organisms if not used properly, and as such, farmers prefer to use locally available materials (traditional methods) to mitigate pests and diseases which are cheaper, environmentally friendly, easily available and less harmful to humans and non-target organisms. As one of the traditional practice in Uganda, farmers use ash and urine to control a wide range of crop pests and diseases. This document provides a description of how different farmer apply this practice.
The purpose of this event was to gather young people together with some development partners so that they share information on the existing opportunities in agribusiness and develop more networks that can help them to be more involved in Agribusiness.
Under the theme ''Youth as Catalyst for Agribusiness Development in Rwanda'' the festival attracted 350 participants drawn from UR-CAVM (students & lecturers),... Read more
On behalf of our member (Enclude), AgriProFocus Rwanda is looking for a Project Officer to oversee day-to-day operations in the field. This PO will be responsible for coordinating and supervising the delivery of extension services by master beekeepers and providing feedback to SERUKA in Kigali.
Category: Community and Gov
Story from NAEB
On Tuesday, 05th December 2017 , Dr. Gerardine Mukeshimana, the Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources and Paul Polman, the CEO of Unilever launched the exicting new tea project that was initiated by a memorandum of understanding signed in May 2016 by Unilever, a 50 Euro Billion Company which is the largest tea marketing company and the government of Rwanda to develop the Rwandan Tea sector in Nyaruguru District.
The agreement signed was a green light for Unilever to invest over $30 million in the tea sector of Rwanda by developing two large scale tea sites in the sectors of Kibeho and Munini as well as a tea processing factory. Development started earlier this year with the first planting in October with 2.5 million tea plants ready in nurseries for the planned expansion.
With irrigation you can grow vegetables in the dry season
Low cost drip irrigation saves water, lets you grow more tomatoes and double your profits.
Drip irrigation applies water drop by drop
The slow drip keeps the soil loose so water and air can reach the roots. Drip irrigation is not as stressful for the plants as flood irrigation, where the soil gets very wet all at once and then dries out. With drip irrigation the water reaches slowly and steadily deep into the soil. The drops do not touch the tomato flowers and do not knock them off.
Drip irrigation helps avoid diseases. And if you do spray a product against pests, drip irrigation does not wash it off.
Check out relevant videos: https://www.accessagriculture.org/category/65/vegetables
AgriProFocus Rwanda in close partnership with Rural Development Initiative (RDI), USAID/PSDAG project, Rwanda Catholic Relief Service (CRS), the University of Rwanda - College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine (UR-CAVM), YEAN Rwanda, National Youth Council (NYC), FESY Rwanda and Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF), organized the 3rd Youth in Agribusiness Festival on the 22nd November 2017 at UR-CAVM, Nyagatare Campus.
The objectives of this event were to:
- Create links and networking space among youth agribusiness entrepreneurs with big buyers, agribusiness industry leaders, investors, farmers’ federation and Research institutions.
- Encourage the agribusiness companies, private investors and financial institutions to invest in youth
- Share the current situation on opportunities and challenges for youth engagement in agribusiness
- Raising awareness on existing youth forum... Read more