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Projet: Emission Club de la Presse: "Urubuga rw’Itangazamakuru "

Activité:Talk show ″Urubugarw'itangazamakuru″ (Club de la presse)

Date:09/10/2022

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Rwanda: Food prices  climbed by 41.20 percent

Food prices in Rwanda climbed by 41.20 percent over the same month in the previous year in September of 2022, the most since  in 2010

It is bad news for ordinary citizens  who continue to suffer from rising prices, due to factors including the effects of the Ukraine-Russia war and high shortages of goods that do not meet the market availability, while the economy is recovering from the effects of COVID-19. 19.

“Currently a kilogramme of potatoes which are even of poor quality goes for Rwf400 at the farm gate and over Rwf500 in urban areas such as Musanze town It is the first time we are experiencing such hike,” Mukeshimana Donatille, a resident of Nyange Sector in Musanze said.

In Kigali, a kilo goes for about Rwf600 which consumers said have never experienced such price before.

“Some farmers chose to grow other crops like wheat because currently, potato seeds cost up to Rwf1,000 from Rwf400 a kilo while inputs like fertilizers doubled to Rwf1,000 a kilo which smallholder farmers can’t afford,” Fabien Bisengimana, another farmer from Nyabihu district said.

Speaking in Club de la Presse live TV and Radio Debate,The Director General of Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB Dr Patrick Karangwaadmitted that there is a problem with some food products and the production has not gone well such as potatoes and beans where in the last quarter the potato production has decreased by 16% of what was obtained last time.

He explained that it is normal that in the summer the production decreases because this is not the harvest season.He also said that the sudden increase in prices this time was attributed to the war between Russia and Ukraine, which made imported fertilizers unavailable as usual due to difficult transportation.

The journalist Jonathan criticized that when leaders in Rwanda want to convince the public on  an issue,  they connect it to the international situation instead of looking at it as Rwanda before putting it on another level.

He said that the price gap in Rwanda was there even before all the obstacles, due to the fact that the borders were closed.He said that the Agricultural Policy does not match with the increase in the need for food

An economic analyst, Teddy Kaberuka, said that this increase in market prices is what we are looking at this year because there many citizens complains yet every year since 2012 statistics have not stopped announcing that market prices have gone up instead of down.

 According to him, this is based on the fact that there are no stable policies in place to align what the country needs in this sector. One of the problems he expressed is that Rwanda does not have a fertilizer processing plant, which makes it difficult for farmers to afford imported fertilizers.

His recommendation was that a local fertilizer processing plant should be constructed so that even if there is a crisis it may not  have such impact on agriculture

In response to that question, Dr. Patrick said that the fertilizer processing plant project has already started and will be built in Bugesera district.

 

 

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