Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Dr. Gerardine Mukeshimana, expressed confidence that the technology that farmers have started applying in agriculture will boost this sector, the backbone of the country’s economy.
She passed the message on to various stakeholders while officiating at the closing of the 15th edition of the annual agricultural show.
The Agri show, as it is popularly known, started on July 6 and continued till July 14, at the Agriculture Exhibition Center – Mulindi, Gasabo District.
This year’s Agri show was held under the theme “Building Resilience in Agriculture through Modern Technologies”.
The event, according to the minister, brought together more than 300 exhibitors and aimed to show innovation and creativity to visitors, and helped connect people who own the technologies and farmers.
“Exhibitors exhibited their technologies in different categories, including irrigation, seed production, animal feed, harvesting and post-harvest handling. We believe that these technologies that farmers have learned will boost our sector, while farmers will benefit more from their agricultural production,” the Minister said.
The Minister expressed his gratitude to the exhibitors and participants and rewarded those who demonstrated their innovations in agricultural and livestock technologies.
The overall winner was Agri Research Unguka Limited, which showcased an innovative vegetable garden and modern irrigation technology.
“We are honored to be recognized as top exhibitors. This award is a motivation and a reliable indicator that Rwandan youth can develop the necessary resilience with local solutions. Special thanks to the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources for a well organized agricultural show,” wrote Agri Research Unguka Ltd on its Twitter account.
Other winners included the winner of increased crop productivity, TRI SEED COMPANY Ltd, which showcased model farms with quality seeds that produce high yields in quality and quantity.
The winner of increased animal production was Muyumbu Pig Breeding Farm Ltd who demonstrated how to breed pigs through artificial insemination as well as transporting pig semen to breeders in partnership with Zipline Rwanda.