In a bid to improve services to farmers in their daily activities, the ministry of agriculture and animal resources has officially launched the merger of some of its agencies to form Rwanda Agricultural Board (RAB).
RAB groups the Rwanda Animal Resources Development Authority (RARDA), the Rwanda Agricultural Development Authority and the Rwanda Agriculture Research Institute (ISAR in its French acronym).
According to the Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Agnes Kalibata, the combination of the agencies results from government resolutions to decentralize services to farmers with specific solutions to certain regions of the country, depending on their particularities.
“We should not treat the entire country in the same way when regions have their particularities,” Kalibata explained. “So RAB has been created to provide services based on regions and depending on what needs to be done there.”
The board’s services will be based in each of the four provinces in order to respond to the challenges of the regions accordingly.
“As we will be operating at zone level, we will reach out to people so as to conduct research responding to their needs,” said Shem Martin Ndabikunze, the RAB director general. “Increasing farmers’ income is our first priority since we are in this position for people’s welfare development.”
Ndabikunze remarked that the new board will bring about efficiency in the sector by improving integrated agricultural development which could not be easily reached in the past since those conducting research and those implementing the findings were operating separately.
“We are to promote technology in farmers’ capacity building to boost quality and quantity of their yields,” Ndabikunze said. “In the process, not only will farmers benefit from their increased production, but buyers will get products of good quality at low cost since offer and demand will be balanced.”