(Source: The Inspirer)
Shaffy Hagenimana, the CEO and Founder of Holly Trust Limited that produces honey-based Kaso Products in Musanze District explains his business journey that has led to a very success story in honey processing into beauty and body nourishing and moisturising oil.
His firm produces various products and the idea has a root in his childhood when he was in senior four of secondary school.
The main products of his firm include Kaso Castor Oil, Kaso Shea Butter, Kaso Coconut Oil, Kaso Avocado Oil, Kaso Pumpkin Oil, Kaso Cream, Kaso Jelly, Pollen Jelly, White Honey, Black Honey and Beeswax.
Learning from his own illness experience, that experience pushed him to invest part of his school living allowance to start a bee keeping project as a source of having honey to produce medicine.
Kindly find a lot of news and events about agriculture shared by Agriculture department of the Netherlands Embassy in Rwanda.
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Kigali, Rwanda – 19 December 2018: Our rice value chain B2B event concluded Tuesday with ambitious commitments to design and introduce financial products that are responding to the needs of value chain actors.
The purpose of the Business to Business event was to link rice value chain actors and supporters to connect, collaborate, and create synergy in business. Around 100 stakeholders attended, including rice farmers, processors, government officials (MINAGRI and MINICOM), representatives of financial institutions like KCB Bank Rwanda, Equity bank Rwanda, Umutanguha ltd, Duterimbere IMF ltd, BDF fund, Access to Finance Rwanda, and representatives of development partners working in rice value chain in Rwanda, to name a few.
Participants were re-introduced to the STARS initiative. STARS is an acronym that stands for Strengthening African Rural Smallholders, a five-year initiative that aims to reac... Read more
ICCO Cooperation - STARS Program is pleased to invite you in a business to business (B2B) event that will take on Tuesday, 18th December, 2018 at UMUBANO MARASA Hotel, Kacyiru from 8:00 am 4:00 pm.
The purpose of this Business to Business event is to link rice value chain actors and supporters to connect, collaborate, and create synergy in business. It is also a great opportunity for networking and conversation that lead to businesses opportunities. We are looking forward to meeting you in this B2B event.
For any information kindly call Mr. Thacien MUNYAMAHAME on 0788235357 or send an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: The NewTimes
The government has said that the high cost of irrigation, land fragmentation as well as encroachment of land designated for farming activities by construction projects, have hindered irrigation targets, calling for a review.
The revelations was made last week as officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources met parliamentarians
MP Albert Ruhakana said that in the 2017/2018 fiscal year, the target was to irrigate 100,000 hectares of farmland, which he said was overambitious.
According to figures from the ministry, only 50,000 hectares are currently catered for by irrigation schemes countrywide.
“The target of 2024 is to irrigate 102,000 hectares. Why is the expectation of 2017 targeted to be realised in 2024? We should analyse the issue to exactly know the challenges that slowed the progress to achieve the target in 2017,” he said.
The Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Jean Claude... Read more
The first ever agricultural caravan ended yesterday on a high note, participants calling for everyone’s renewed efforts to transform the agriculture sector from subsistence to commercially oriented farming.
In her closing remarks, AgriProFocus Rwanda country coordinator, Madam Sajji Ryakunze commended the resolutions that the up to 150 youth participating at the caravan made following the field visits at successful farmers’ farms.
“There’s no doubt this was a good platform to plot the way forward for the Rwanda young farmers. You all witnessed the good strides others are making in the agriculture besides learning the challenges facing small-scale farmers and ways in which these can be overcome,” Ms. Ryakunze said.
YNKURIJE Dorcas, Help a Child Rwanda beneficiary is a farmer from the Rusizi district and was one of the farmers who attended the youth caravan. After visiting the Sunripe farms Rwanda in Bugesera district, she wanted... Read more
Kigali – November 28, 2018: Our initiated and first ever agricultural caravan in Rwanda was launched in Kigali with a call on youth to work hard to transform their initiatives into viable agribusinesses as a key to achieve Rwanda’s sustainable development.
RYAF Youth shops
The call was made by the minister for public service and labor, Ms Rwanyindo Kayirangwa Fanfan, before the youth caravan kicked off in Kigali, while officiating the opening of RYAF SHOPS ltd, a private company owned by the Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum RYAF.
This company was created to put into action a strategy that promotes a reform in food and agricultural trading mechanisms in Rwanda, by and for RYAF members as engine for positive agribusiness transformation.
Ms Rwanyindo was thrilled by the initiative and assured the youth that the government is committed to support all mechanisms... Read more
AgriProFocus Rwanda in close collaboration with Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF), Rural development Initiative, SNV-HortINVEST Rwanda, USAID Feed the Future Hinga Weze, YEAN Rwanda and Help a Child Rwanda are organizing a Youth in Agribusiness Caravan, 2018, with a theme “Youth Making Agribusiness “cool” a basis of Sustainable Economic Development”
This is a 3-day agribusiness learning caravan from one point to another, starting from Kigali, with the inspiration forum, go throughout the Northern and Eastern provinces for farm field visits and then back to Kigali for sharing the learnings from the field visit.
In the caravan, different issues will be discussed and discussions will be led by facilitators experienced in the following but not limited to Youth access to finance, Market and Soft skills, Youth employment and Agriculture Entrepreneurship.
The caravan will gather 100 participants; 60 youth and 40 other stakeholders from different organizations and financial instit... Read more
The Rwandan economy depends on agriculture which employs around 80% of the total population. The majority of farmers are aged smallholder farmers and it is then difficult for them to have access to financial services, information and other agriculture services. Commercial Agriculture has been identified as one of the key sector that can potentially generate wealth, with high employment potential. This responds to the need of Job creation for youth which is in alignment with Rwanda economic development and poverty reduction strategy II, (EDPRS II).
The low participation of youth in agribusiness is further attributed to the limited access to key resources like; land, start-up capital, lack of exposure, limited access to role models and business mentors. Consequently, this has led to low levels of food production, low income, and poverty.
AgriProFocus Rwanda and its partners however are aware that; young people being energetic with a high potentials, ex... Read more
Jean Remy Rutayisire is quite different from most youths. Unlike the majority of young men and women who find agriculture unattractive, Rutayisire says that this is an industry that has fascinated him since his childhood.
Desperate to raise money to start up an agricultural project, the Chief Executive Officer of the Muhanga based Urugwiro Poultry Farm Ltd took up a part-time job in photography in 2015. Since he was a high school student by then, he was only able to work during holidays, earning a daily wage of Rwf2,000.
He used some for his pocket money at school and saved the rest. By December last year, he had saved up to Rwf200,000—inadequate to see him venture into a significant farming project.
He was looking for Rwf2 million. However, efforts to mobilise capital from friends and relatives were unsuccessful. With his meagre savings, he decided to start a small poultry farm. o his... Read more
A delegation of four participants will represent Rwanda in a three-day International Floriculture Trade Fair (IFTF) exhibition scheduled for the 7th - 9th, November, 2018 in Vijhuizen, the Netherlands. The three exhibitors from Bella Flowers, Bloomhills and Floramatt were nominated among key floriculture sector players to attend the exhibition. The participants in this year’s exhibition are facilitated through a joint collaboration of the Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda in the Netherlands and the National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB).
The IFTF is one of the largest and important trade shows in the world. The exhibition provides a platform where the world floriculture industry gets together during a 3-day trade show. Over 3,000 companies and exhibitors from over 115 different countries will attend the exhibition this year. The exhibition will be an excellent oppor... Read more
Over14,000 model farmers who advise fellow farmers on best agricultural practices will soon start receiving different incentives thanks to a “Farmer Promoters’ Fund”.
Farmer promoters are model farmers whose agricultural yields are comparatively higher owing to improved agricultural practices.
It is such farmers that the Government is seeking to work with to extend best practices and skills to other farmers to improve yields.
The fund has been launched to motivate them to train fellow farmers as they have been doing this as volunteers without any incentives.
According to Dr Charles Bucagu, the Deputy Director General in charge of Agriculture Research and Technology Transfer at Rwanda Agricultural Board, the initial investment in the fund is estimated around Rwf100 million per year and will be sourced from revenue on every kilogramme of seeds and fertilisers sold by agro-dealers.
Read another related to agri-extension models... Read more
(Deadline: December 1, 2018)
For the 2019 – 2020 academic year, TU Delft Global Initiative will once again offer 4 Sub-Saharan Africa Excellence Scholarships to talented, motivated and broadly interested students. The Global Initiative aims to support capacity building in the Global South and to advance future leadership focusing on sustainable global development. The UN Sustainable Development Goals are a guiding principle for the TU Delft.
Check out if you're eligible for the scholarship, and apply before HERE
You can also ask for more information at Education Service Centre
Are you a young entrepreneur in agribusiness aged between 16 and 35? Do you face challenges in the following aspects:
1. Quality and safety of the products
2. Meeting the market required standards
3. Processing technology
The ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources through the Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF) in partnership with Ministry of Commerce of People's Republic of China in Rwanda sent two RYAF members attend the training on biotechnology application in food industry in developing countries. After the completion of the training members will conduct a door to door consultancy to young agro-processors to help them improve on above mentioned aspects.
Rwanda Development Board and the Ministry of Agriculture are seeking to attract investments, improve market linkages and enhance resilience in agriculture and agribusiness sector with an aim to increase exports and creating more jobs.
Officials from the two sectors made the commitment last week during an Agriculture and Agribusiness CEO Forum, which brought together policymakers, agriculture and agribusiness stakeholders. Over 200 investors convened under the theme “Agriculture and agribusiness development, a catalyst for economic growth”.
Clare Akamanzi, the Chief Executive of RDB, noted that the private sector continues to play an essential role in boosting Rwanda’s economy.
Following the 10th Agrifinance Fair and Market linkage Event held in Kayonza district from 30th to 31st, August 2018, AgriProFocus Rwanda organized a debriefing Dinner with sponsors and partners who played an important role to make Agrifinance Fair Happen. This took place at Marasa Umubano Hotel, Kigali Rwanda. The main objective of this debriefing dinner was to share the results, validate report and recognize the partners.
During this Agri-Finance Fair Debriefing Dinner, 20 participants from different development organizations and agribusiness companies were presented and shared their feedback regarding what we can improve as far as the next Agri-Finance fair and market linkage event is concerned. The participants thanked AgriProFocus Rwanda for the effort put in organizing the fair that linked farmers and agribusiness companies to financial institution, Agribusiness... Read more
Fish farming and aquaponics are gaining popularity rapidly because of the increasing demands of protein and health benefits of fish. If we depend on wild fish alone, most of our fish will be gone by the year 2050 if we don’t start aquaponic fishing. But many of us don’t know some of the facts about fish farming or fish farmers. In case you don’t have an idea of how a fish farmer works, here are some facts about fish farming given below.
Fact #1: Fish is a major source of protein for over one billion people around the world, especially in the developing countries. In America, the awareness of protein from fish consumption and other health benefits from fish and fish farming is rapidly growing, making fish farming a profitable business.
Fact #2: Over 70% of the world’s wild fish stock has been exploited or depleted due to over fishing, and therefore, fish farming or aquacultured fish has become a necessity, which is quickly stepping up... Read more
(Deadline for applications: 21 October 2018)
CTA is looking for a highly motivated and result-oriented intern to support the ICT4Ag team.
CTA has an opening for an intern within the Policies, Markets and ICTs (PMI) Programme. The successful candidate will support Youth Entrepreneurship and ICT for agriculture initiatives within the ICT4Ag team.
Duties & responsibilities
Under the guidance and supervision of the ICT4Ag team leader, the intern will assist in the following activities:
Support the implementation of activities relating to youth, entrepreneurship, ICTs and agriculture including the following projects:
-AgriHack Talent initiative which supports ICT innovations and entrepreneurship in Agriculture;
-The “Youth Economic Empowerment in Agribusiness in Kenya (VijaBiz) project;
-The Ideal Burkina project which enables delivery of digital services to young farmers and agripreneurs in -Burkina Faso;
-Blockchain... Read more