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Our focus is market-oriented agriculture, says Mukeshimana

By:  PETERSON TUMWEBAZE

Source: The New Times, Rwanda.

Rwamagana farmer Xavier Baributsa (middle) and some of his workers attend to green pepper at the farmer's greenhouse. Business-oriented farming is key to increase agro-production and exports. / Photo: The New Times (File)

The government targets about 8 per cent annual growth for the agriculture sector from the current 6 per cent under the second Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS II) to ensure food security and spur agro-exports.

Dr Gérardine Mukeshimana, Rwanda’s Minister for Agriculture and Animal Resources, talked with The New Times’ Peterson Tumwebaze about this and other key initiatives aimed at the improving farmers’ incomes and agro-exports.

The agriculture sector is still largely subsistence despite efforts to promote modern and commercial farming ideals. What else is being done to ensure Rwandans look at farming as a business?

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