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AKILIMO digital platform improves potato yields in Rwanda

AKILIMO digital platform improves potato yields in Rwanda

July 04, 2021
CIP and RAB are focusing their efforts in this area to release varieties that are high-yielding, pest and disease resistant, and climate-resilient.  But is this enough to overcome the low potato yields faced by Rwandan farmers?
Rwandan entrepreneur Apollinaire Karegeya is growing potatoes without soil and with little water.

Aeroponics: growing potatoes in the air - agricultural innovation in Rwanda

December 04, 2020
A Rwandan entrepreneur is pioneering the use of innovative farming technology that, he believes, is set to play a major role in feeding the growing population in his country, amid increasing pressure on arable land.
Rwanda pilots 'revolutionary' potato seeds

Rwanda pilots 'revolutionary' potato seeds

January 06, 2020
The Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) has started testing True Potato Seeds, which are produced by Solynta, a Dutch firm that develops hybrid potatoes. True Potato Seeds are collected from the berries or fruits of the potato plant.
Farmers in Rwanda are looking for better potato storage technology

Farmers in Rwanda are looking for better potato storage technology

December 10, 2019
Rwanda Agricultural Board has said that it is working with agricultural experts to introduce affordable technologies that could help store potatoes for over a period of six months in a bid to fight against food insecurity and low prices affecting farmers.
Insufficient seed inspectors lead to potato seeds scarcity –RAB

Insufficient seed inspectors lead to potato seeds scarcity, says Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB)

October 31, 2019
Rwanda needs about 35,000 tons of quality potato seeds to cover 25 percent of total cultivated land in each growing season. The targeted quantity to fill the existing gap is 60 percent despite persisting challenges.
World Potato Congress Inc partner of the African Potato Association at the triennial conference in Kigali, Rwanda

World Potato Congress Inc partner of the African Potato Association at the triennial conference in Kigali, Rwanda

August 30, 2019
During his presentation at the official opening of the 11th African Potato Congress in Kigali, Rwanda, World Potato Congress President Romain Cools announced the continuous effort of his organization to be a partner of the African potato sector.
Potato organizations seek to leverage potatoes to address malnutrition in Africa

Potato organizations seek to leverage potatoes to address malnutrition in Africa

August 27, 2019
Potato organizations on Monday called for deliberate efforts to increase potato and sweet potatoes production for sustainable nutritious food systems in Africa.
Irish potato farmers upbeat as government moves to address seed shortage

Irish potato farmers in Rwanda upbeat as government moves to address seed shortage

June 19, 2018
In Rwanda, the Ministry of Agriculture and partners have pledged to establish modern seed potato warehouses and greenhouses to ensure the supply of quality seed potatoes.
In Rwanda, Kinigi is still the leading potato variety on the market

In Rwanda, Kinigi is still the leading potato variety on the market

January 27, 2018
New potato varieties are needed in Rwanda to meet the current market demands. Nevertheless, the potato variety Kinigi is still favorite among farmers as well as in the community of potato consumers.
Government Rwanda plans privatisation of Nyabihu Potato Processing Plant

Government Rwanda plans privatisation of Nyabihu Potato Processing Plant

January 04, 2018
The Government of Rwanda is in the process of privatising the Nyabihu District-based potato processing plant amid tight market and low production capacity, according to the The New Times.

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