Farming has always been dependent upon modernised, improvised and advance techniques to have self-sufficient production. Farmers too these days are taking initiative and have come up with defining innovation in agricultural to make yield more effective.Government have there initiated projects to fund the agricultural innovation and enhance farming quality and sustainability.
Likewise, an international project "Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation Systems (CDAIS)", supported by the European Union has been launched.
The Euros 14 million (more than Rwf11bn) project is expected to enhance efficient and sustainable agriculture innovation systems in eight countries including Rwanda.
CDAIS is also aimed at making agriculture more productive and sustainable, improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers and helping to increase food security and fight rural poverty.
The project is funded by the European Union and jointly implemented by AGRINATURA-EEIG (a consortium of major European universities and research centres involved in agricultural higher education and research for development) and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
The beneficiary countries include Bangladesh and Laos in Asia, Angola, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso and Rwanda in Africa, as well as Guatemala and Honduras in Latin America.
Speaking at the inception workshop of the project in Kigali yesterday, Arnaud DE Vanssay, the second secretary to the head of rural development section at the European Union, said there is a need to link agricultural research with innovations in the sector to boost productivity.
He said, "What is interesting is that Rwanda has done a lot to improve agriculture sector. However, there is still a lot of potential that needs to be taped. This requires linking research with innovations to make sure we embrace climate smart agriculture to boost productivity."
Innocent Musabyimana, the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI), said several initiatives have been put in place to boost agricultural innovations, but added that there is still a lot to do to help farmers engage in innovative and technology-based production.