The Director General of Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB), Dr. Jean Jacques Mbonigaba Muhinda has called upon students of the faculty of Agriculture to be part of the stakeholders to upgrade the Agriculture sector.
He made the call during a seminar organized by the agriculture faculty at NUR to enhance research culture and knowledge sharing among students and lecturers.
Dr. Mbonigaba presented on “Rwanda Agricultural Sector and its impacts on Food Security, Economic Development and Poverty Reduction”.
He explained that according to statistics, agriculture sector provides 90% of National food needs. As far as agriculture sector impact on Economy is concerned.
He indicated that 80% of the Rwandan population depends on agriculture, 34% of National Growth Development Product (GDP) and contributes 70% of export products.
The Government of Rwanda has set different programs intending to enhance the agriculture development such as Capacity building for producers, Land use consolidation, Irrigation for sustainable food production and.
Others are Hillsides transformation, Research priorities for agriculture development, Post harvest handling and storage, creating environment of investment, Promoting exports, among other agriculture development programs.
To achieve objectives set by the government Dr. Mbonigaba specified that it requires involvement of different stakeholders including students.
“Students should understand that there is a need to be involved in agriculture development. The government has set many policies aiming at developing agriculture sector and to attain this development.
Students as stakeholders can intervene in sensitizing about the adoption of the programs in place because we have some farmers who have not yet understood different agricultural development programs,” he said.
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