On November 17, 2020, Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB), in collaboration with International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and Ingabo Syndicate, launched a cassava week in Nyanza District, Southern Province.
During the ceremony, farmers named six new cassava varieties developed by RAB in collaboration with national and regional stakeholders. Biseruka Tegereza Gikungu Buryohe, Nsizebashonje and Tebuka are vernacular names given to the new varieties based on farmers’ perceptions in aspects of productivity, processing, and taste.
The event was attended by Hon. Dr Jean Chrysosytome NGABITSINZE, Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI), Mrs. KAYITESI Alice, Governor of Southern Province, and other officials from Central & Local Governments, the Civil Societies, farmers, and houses of media.
Dr. NGABITSINZE, in his remarks, stressed on leveraging on cassava as an important staple crop, hence a need for production increase and diversified value addition.
The newly introduced cassava varieties are tolerant to main cassava diseases, namely Cassava Mosaic Disease (CMD) and Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD), and are expected to boost cassava productivity as each variety has yield potential of 40T/ha.