Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 24 October 2018 at 07:54

Government to set up fund to incentivise model farmers!

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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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 23 April 2018 at 12:48

Training of Trainers Workshop organized by key stakeholders of Horticulture sector in Rwanda!

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.


Mr. Serge Ndayitabi, the project coordinator, speaking at the opening of the Training of Trainers Workshop.

The main objective of training was to gain understanding of postharvest losses cau

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Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Dear ELIAS NELLY, Thank you very much for sharing with the outputs of the ToT workshop!Keep empowering the key players of the sector!

7 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 14 November 2017 at 11:52

Solar-powered irrigation sees farmers double their yield

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.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 12 September 2017 at 06:48

How Shirimpumu became a model farmer, thanks to BDF

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.

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Thacien MUNYAMAHAME If you have been inspired by the pig project from Jean Claude Shirimpumu, you can follow the link and learn more about his farming activities!https://agriprofocus.com/post/581226fca93f2508405552bc We hope to see piggery industry (same as poultry industry we have now) supporting pig farmers in Rwanda.

1 year 2 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 6 August 2015 at 09:59

Congratulations to Esperance - New RAB Board member

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

Albert Muragijimana Congratulation Dear Esperance! It was very nice meeting you today

3 years 4 months ago

Lisette van Benthum Congratulations !

3 years 4 months ago

NGENZI Thomas Congratulations to Espérance!

3 years 4 months ago

Ben Bizinde Congratulations Esperance!! All the best

3 years 4 months ago

ERIC Congratulations Esperance!!!!!

3 years 4 months ago