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Rwanda 'on course' for agricultural production boost

13 January 2010

RWANDA - Agricultural production in Rwanda has been boosted by the launch of a new government programme, according to a report.

The strategy has been launched by the Rwanda Agriculture Development Authority (RADA) and it is hoped it will boost crop husbandry methods to improve major food crops including maize, potatoes and cassava, reports IRIN.

Under the Crop Intensification Programme, farming outputs like fertilisers as well as improved seeds and land consolidation helped to boost the sector, the report confirms.

Speaking to the news agency, minister for agriculture and animal resources Agnes Kalibata said: "We have the land, the physical and human resources to achieve our target."

The country's Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources has launched a number of programmes to improve agricultural production in the country, including the intensification and development of sustainable production systems and the promotion of speciality crops and agribusiness development.

This prompted RADA to be set up.

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