The farmers who have completed their training at the “Rwanda Potato Farmer Academy (RPFA)” are awarded prizes to support their continued agricultural efforts. Imbaraga Organization’s leadership emphasizes the importance of sustaining the achieved yields, targeting farmers aged 16 to 30 and striving for increased productivity.
Jean Paul Munyakazi, the head of Imbaraga Organization, explains that they initiated these training programs due to the significant impact of potato farming on Rwanda’s agriculture. He stresses the need to utilize land efficiently and enhance crop varieties to boost yields consistently.
Munyakazi further elaborates on teaching farmers techniques adopted from successful Dutch farmers, aiming to reach yields equivalent to 50 tons of potatoes per hectare, contrasting with Rwandan farmers, where those under 16 yield 6 tons and mature ones reach 30 tons. He highlights the importance of continuous improvement.
Farmers receiving accolades express gratitude to Imbaraga Organization and Agriterra for providing valuable training that has positively impacted their potato farming. Notably, Damascene Sinzabahenza, recognized as an exemplary farmer, appreciates the support that has enabled him to harvest 25 tons per hectare.
Concessa Nyirakaboneye, from the Nyange district, credits Imbaraga and Agriterra for the transformative education received, emphasizing the importance of using quality seeds and good agricultural practices.
The official from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Irrigation, Mr. Ngendahayo Jean, urges farmers to love their work, follow guidelines, and participate in forums to enhance agricultural productivity.
Imbaraga Organization and Agriterra’s joint efforts in providing education and support have benefited farmers in Musanze, Burera, Nyabihu, Rubavu, and Gicumbi. The academy, initially serving around 800 farmers, has seen 240 individuals graduate, with an expected outcome of each farmer recruiting five more into the program.