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.
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Funded by USAID, Horticulture Innovation lab (USA) and UCDAVIS (USA), Reducing Postharvest Losses in Rwanda Project (RPLR) is implemented by 3 institutions: The National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB), Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) under the MINAGRI and the University of Rwanda (UR) under the Ministry of Education. RPLR under University of Rwanda has organised a series of trainings from 3rd to 5th April 2018. The training of Trainers (ToT) including 15 University of Rwanda staffs, 5 district agronomists (Rulindo, Musanze, Gakenke, Gicumbi and Burera) and 10 moderate agribusiness entrepreneurs (individual and cooperative representatives) was hold at Western Mountain Hotel, Rubavu - Rwanda.
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Source: The NewTimes
Gerard Munyeshuri Gatete inspects a solar powered water pump on an 8-hectare farm in Barija Sector in Nyagatare District, Eastern Province. It pumps water 60 metres underground to irrigate his crops during drought.
Gatete said that before getting the technology one year ago, he and family members who co-own the farm would harvest about one tonne of beans per hectare, but now they harvest 2.5 tonnes.
Source: The New Times
Fourteen years ago, he was a well paid worker at Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) earning a monthly salary of Rwf1 million.
Many in his shoes would not even think of giving up such a well paying job in exchange for the ‘hoe.’
But for Jean Claude Shirimpumu, a resident of Gicumbi District, after 8 years at RBC, he quit his job to start a new life as a farmer.
Now the Managing Director of Vision Agribusiness Farm in Gicumbi, Shirimpumu earns millions from rearing pigs, chicken, cows, goats and sheep. He also grows beans and maize on large scale.
We want to congratulate Esperance MUKARUGWIZA, the current AgriProFocus Rwanda Coordinator for having been elected as a Board Member of Rwanda Agriculture Board. We wish her every success in the new endeavours to serve the farmers.
Please join us in congratulating her!
The following members have been elected to serve as RAB board members:
1. Dr. NYOMBAYIRE George, Chairperson
2. Madam UWUMUKIZA Beatrice, Vice Chairperson
3. Mr. MUNYAKAZI Jean Paul, Member
4. Madam MUKARUGWIZA Esperance, Member
5. Dr. NKURUNZIZA Emmanuel, Member
6. Mr. NTABANA Innocent, Member
7. Dr. GASHUMBA James, Member