RAB in partnership with CIAT-PABRA Trains Seed Multipliers on Seed Business

The Pulses and Oil Crops Program in partnership with CIAT-PABRA conducts a two days training of seed multipliers on Seed Business from December 14th to December15th, 2021.

The covered topics during this training include: Establishment of agribusiness venture, seed business skills, seed business planning and record keeping, Understanding appropriate coordination, linkages, networking and integration methods in seed business, Understanding strategic marketing and commercialization of bean seed in meeting buyer’s specifications including size, time, preference and taste, Understanding on seed business management, marketing and financial management, Understanding of innovative and sustainable seed business services around operation, Understanding and identifying the production cost and ways to cut down some of the production costs to realize good profit margin, Understanding of production estimate of bean seeds (seed road maps) and Practical training on the use of mobile digital tools to capture seed data.

 Izamuhaye Jean Claude the Head of Crop Innovation & Tech Transfer Department, in his Opening remarks, He encouraged the Seed Multipliers to focus on professionalism and have a spirit of excellence.

Trainees were excited and thankful for the acquired skills which   made them able to adapt proper marketing strategies (demo plot establishment, small pack size, radio announcement print media) targeting smallholders’ farmers and conduct business with market-oriented perspective, able to identify unnecessary cost in the seed production and modalities of reducing cost of seed production,

According to Dr Edouard Rurangwa the The Pulses and Oil Crops Program Coordinator, this training  Enhanced the  understanding of Seeds Multipliers  on agribusiness skills and knowledge to seed producers and other value chain actors, and made them able to identify required skills and knowledge of start agribusiness venture.Based on the target of seeds to be distributed in FY2021/22 (seasons 2022A&B) under the Joint Imihigo, a total of 6,136 Mt (Maize: 4,295 Mt; Wheat: 982 Mt; and Soybean: 859 Mt) are projected to be delivered to farmers.

As clarified by Daniel RWEBIGO the Division Manager for Seeds and Fertilizers Division, there has been variation between the target quantities and the quantities eventually taken-up by farmers during the seasons. This has been due to the current nature seed supply being demand-based and the rainfall patterns during the seasons that influence farmers’ decisions on which crop to grow and, thus which seed to use. The required quantities of seed to satisfy the projected needs for 2022A&B is to be sourced from carryover stock for FY2020/21 (from both local production and importation) as well as production from seasons 2021A and B. It is also, projected that some seed shall be sourced from season 2021C, mostly from the marshlands sites.