- Civil Society Dialogue on Agriculture Sector
Rwanda’s vision 2020 highlights on agricultural production as key component to sustainable economic development. The government of Rwanda aims at replacing subsistence farming with commercial production by 2020. To achieve this, the Government of Rwanda (GoR) incorporated different strategies and policies, including;
• Institutional and legal reforms, to ensure security of land;
• Development of the market in land assets
• Extensive research and extension services
• Use of high yielding varieties and intensive use of inorganic fertilizers
• Promotion of agro-based manufacturing including coffee washing stations
• Environmental control measures to regulate a decline in soil fertility; radical
• Rural financing schemes and markets such as SACCOs.
Rwanda is further committed to United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG) 1 which calls for the eradication of extreme poverty and subsequently reduces the number of people living on 1.25 dollars a day, reduce the number of citizens suffering from malnutrition and hunger, and achieve decent employment for women, men and young people. This is reflected by the ever growing Rwanda’s GDP per capita rated at 632.76 US dollars by World Bank report .
According to the Economic Development Poverty Reduction Strategy (EPDRS) II , the Government of Rwanda emphasizes on the use of fertilizers and improved seeds to boost agricultural sector. It also acknowledges that low levels of agricultural productivity in Rwanda is due to low level of agriculture technology use, therefore EDPRS II puts emphasis on the improvement of modern agricultural technology adoption and use. In order to promote the use of improved seeds, the Government of Rwanda elaborated the seed policy; which aims to promote the collaboration between public services and private sector, to ensure adequate production and supply of quality seeds. It also involves awareness of farmers about the importance of quality seeds in agriculture production. This policy has the following specific objectives:
To promote regular introduction of high performing and adaptable varieties;
Promote the central role of private sector in production of quality seeds and;
Build national capacity related to seed commodity chain coordination, seed quality control and certification.
The public policy dialogue meeting will be held on 03rd February 2015, at KIGALI SERENA HOTEL, from 8H: 00AM to 4H: 00 PM.
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