Written by Gilbert Gatete

A Dialogue on seed and fertilizer distribution in Rwanda was hosted by RDO in Lemigo Hotel

In partnership with USAID and TROCAIRE, RDO through its project called “Enhancing Participatory Governance and Accountability-EPGA” organized a dialogue on seed and fertilizer distribution in Rwanda. Various participants attended the workshop namely: Director General in MINAGRI (Dr. Murekezi), Country Director of TROCAIRE, Civil Society Organizations, Private Sector Organizations/Agro-dealers and Farmer cooperatives.

Group photo of participants

During his opening remarks RDO Executive secretary Mr. Eugene Rwibasira, He mentioned survey studies conducted by EPGA in partnership with RDO in order to detect the issues present in distribution of hybrid seeds and fertilizers to farmers. Hence organizing this workshop inviting various stakeholders to discuss the pertinent aspects in this domain of Agriculture.

DG of MINAGRI Dr Charles MUREKEZI reacting on different ideas during the dialogue

Guest of Honor opening remarks referenced statistical data relevant to the field, he stated that Agriculture is a great contributor towards Rwandan Economy, currently contributing about 33% of the country’s GDP. He also mentioned government programs put into place to boost agriculture production and productivity. It is also the beginning era of Crop Intensification Program (CIP) in African nations.
Finally, the DG of MINAGRI concluded his opening remarks by thanking organizers of this dialogue and encouraged similar initiatives to be planned and discuss pertinent topics/issues in the Agriculture sector that need additional action plans to be developed.

Mr Alexis NKURUNZIZA EPGA Coordinator explains the goal of the Dialogue

He mentioned that the goal of this EPGA_RDO initiative is to raise awareness and mobilize farmers. Also, presented a video on Farmers’ experience and outlook on seed and fertilizer distribution (challenges met, determinants affecting the effectiveness of seed and fertilizer distribution)

Several recommendations were drawn from the discussions, some are the following:

• To the issue of lacking sufficient seed multiplying companies to decentralize the process of seed distribution, they recommended that there should be allocated a private sector specialized in local hybrid seed production

• Sustainable seed multiplication programs, that do not rely on temporary projects that would end and terminate those seed multiplication strategies.

• Organizing workshops at district levels with the concerned/primary stakeholders; that is: Farmers and Private sector (JAF, local Food security commitees, etc).

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