RAB ushers farmers in cultivation and processing of tropical crops in Rwanda

RAB ushers farmers in cultivation and processing of tropical crops in Rwanda

Through Memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) and Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Science, different farmers are being trained on cultivation and processing of tropical crops in Rwanda.

On the closing ceremony of the 20-days training course, the Director General of RAB, Dr Thelesphore Ndabamenye and the Chinese Ambassador to Rwanda, WANG Xeukun were present to witness the outcomes from the training.

While addressing to the Trainees, The DG, Ndabamenye urged them to make the most of the training opportunity to acquire valuable knowledge and skills that will enable them to enhance agricultural production and improve food handling practices, contributing to Rwanda’s goal of achieving food security.

He also had discussion with the ambassador aimed to strengthen the cooperation between Rwanda and China, especially in Agriculture development.

After their discussions, Ambassador WANG visited the China-Rwanda Agriculture Technology Demonstration Center located in Rubona, to witness the firsthand activities conducted there, such as cultivating mushrooms using Juncao technology, paddy rice farming, and more.

The trainees demonstrate gratitude to CATAS who offered the training and other critical partners including RAB for the unwavering dedication to harnessing agriculture in Rwanda.

” We are thankful to have privileged to attend these trainings which did not only equipped us with knowledge with knowledge but also helped us to change our mindset towards the reality of this business, as from this knowledge we realized that agriculture is an industry rather than being a source of food for our households only” said the famers’ representative.

He underscores that they obtained skills on different technologies such as; Agricultural Products Storage and Preservation Methods, Post-production Loss Reduction and processing Technologies for Tropical Agricultural Products.

They additionally learnt about Cassava processing Technology and waste high-value application.

In particular, Rwanda’s Agriculture sector stands out as one of the most strategic sector in the country’s development. It is actually employing about 70% of the total population and contributing 31% of the country’s GDP.


Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences (CATAS), set up in 1954, is a national R&D institution devoted to tropical agriculture development under the administration of Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, PRC with a staff of 3700 scientists.

CATAS is mainly engaging in the tropical fields of cash crop, south planting industry, food crop, winter melon and vegetable,feed crop and livestock,marine organism. Until now, CATAS has has established the long-term and stable cooperation with 16 international organizations and research institutions in 50 countries and regions.

Moreover, CATAS received the honorary title “FAO Reference Center for Tropical Agriculture Research and Training” awarded by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, “China-Africa Joint Center for Modern Agricultural Technology Exchange, Demonstration and Training” by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China and Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People’s Republic of China and “S&T and Talent Training Base for Agricultural International Cooperation” by Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People’s Republic of China.

Since 2004, Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences (CATAS) has organized more than 100 international trainings sponsored by international organizations, Chinese ministries, departments of Chinese governments, which have benefited more than 4,000 participants from some 99 countries.

Among these trainings, there were 55 of them sponsored by Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China with 1,936 trainees.

The trainings focused on the cultivation, plant protection, processing and quality safety testing of major tropical crops such as cassava, rubber, tropical fruits and vegetables, tropical flowers, tropical spicy beverages, etc., which has improved the production and development skills of tropical agriculture and fully acknowledged from participants and governments of their countries.

CATAS has organized the similar training course in 2017 and 2018, respectively, which has accumulated the rich experiences and gained the high comments from participants.

H.E. WANG urged the trainees to apply the skills they have acquired through the training
DG Ndabamenye, urging trainees to apply what they had learned.

Elie Mutangana

Elie Mutangana

Elie Mutangana is a Rwandan journalist covering various topics including Politics, Social affairs and Business.

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