At least 50 researchers & extension staff and external cooperative agronomists have successfully completed an intensive training on cultivation and processing technologies of tropical food crops. The 3-week training, held at Rubona station in Huye District from August 21 to September 08, 2017, was provided by Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences (CATAS).
The training focused on cassava inter-planting technology, cassava fertilization technology, introduction of fine banana varieties and techniques and methods for producing high quality banana seedlings, banana high yield cultivation techniques and methods, cultivation technology of rice, high yield cultivation of corn, among other courses.
Participants to the training said the acquired skills will enable them to contribute significantly to the transformation of Rwanda’s agriculture sector.
Shaffy Niyoyita, one of the participants working with Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB), said that they have acquired new skills on inter-planting food crops on small space with high yields, and value addition of the produce.
Dr Mark Cyubahiro Bagabe, Director General of RAB, commended the initiative; adding that Rwanda will gain a lot in terms of knowledge and technology from the Chinese academy in a bid to take Rwanda’s agriculture sector to the next level.
The official also revealed that RAB will soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with CATAS in a bid to enhance the collaboration between the two institutions.
Mr ZHANG Liyong, the Commercial Counselor of Chinese embassy in Rwanda, reiterated the commitment of his country to partner with Rwanda to transform the agriculture sector.
“Food is number one necessity to the people. So, we’re willing to share more experience in agriculture with Rwanda,” said Mr liyong.
Over the last few years, Rwanda and china have been collaborating in the area of agriculture development; mainly through the China-Rwanda Agriculture Technology Demonstration Centre, C-RATDC, based in Huye District of Southern Province. Some of the achievements of the Center include seeds, trainings, demonstration and extension activities around high yielding seeds for rice, mushrooms (Juncao Technology), mulbery, elephant grass planting and silk-warm eggs.