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Projet: Talk show club de la presse "Urubuga rw'itangazamakuru"

Activité:Summary of weekly radio talk-show « Emission Club de la Presse: "Urubuga rw’Itangazamakuru "

Date:17/09/2020

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Rwanda will have a reduction in rainfall from September to December (Agriculture season A) compared to previous seasons, according to the Rwanda Meteorology Agency.

As the Agriculture season A 2021 season sets in with the certainty that rain will be reduced, not all farmers are sure of a harvest.

As resources are allocated to mechanization and new fertilizers, one should not forget the reduced vulnerability to weather

In general, to achieve this objective, it is necessary to focus on the improvement of the quality of agricultural equipment such as: seeds, fertilizers, plowing equipment, research on seeds quality as well as their supply chain.

Urubuga rw'itangazamakuru  “Club  de la Presse”  talk show  of this Sunday 13-09-2020 broadcasted in synergy by ten radio stations across the country and a Television (TV Isango star) focused on “Preparations of the Agriculture  Season A 2021: Providing  farmers’ needs

The invitees :

1. MUNYAKAZI Jean Paul /IMBARAGA Association

2. IZAMUHAYE Jean Paul / Rwanda Agriculture Board(RAB)

3. MENYUGARUKE Thacienne / AJADEJAR

The   invitee from RAB indicated that they are well prepared for the autumn agriculture season, which will start on September 24, and would sensitize farmers to cultivate on time  due to information provided by  Rwanda Meteorology Agency that there will be less rainfall this season so farmers are required to plant crops for this season including maize, potatoes, beans, soybeans, wheat, and other short and clean crops.

The RAB pointed out that the required seeds and fertilizers have been prepared across the country so some farmers have started delivering them but there is a shortage of some seeds such as Irish potato which requires the private sector and farmers to help the government.

The invitee from Imbaraga  Association has indicated that farmers who are about to start this season have a serious problem with the seeds and there is no hope that they will be available, especially to Irish  potato growers, who find they will fall into losses and others will get out of it, so they ask the RAB to help them get the seeds on time.They also pointed out the problem of expensive seeds and fertilizers that make farmer lose out instead of making a profit.

 Seed multipliers are few, while potato produce went down [in the last farming season]," Said Munyakazi

AJADEJAR pointed out that research is needed to  know what  seed  are suitable for each area of the   country and urges the RAB should work with farmers and agronomists together to find solutions to the problems in agriculture, especially the problem of getting the seeds  in need

Citizens have expressed concern over the lack of seeds.  A kilogramme of (Irish) potato seeds has increased to Rwf700 from Rwf400 in the last farming season which ended in February 2020 and this will make us shift from potatoes to maize that we can afford seeds price. Said a farmer from Musanze

If a kilogram me of potato seeds is Rwf700, a farmer has to invest about Rwf1.4 million per a hectare because an estimated 2,000 kilograms (two tones) of the seeds are needed per a hectare, according to data from the Rwanda Agriculture Board.

The conclusion of the talk show was that the scaled up efforts is needed  to increase seed production and availability to farmers through promoting seed multiplication, highlighting the need for research development to come up with new and highly productive potato varieties

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