Rwanda: Agriculture experts call for more investment in Irish potato production

The private sector has been urged to invest in Irish potatoes so as to address the shortage and help prevent price fluctuations. In a three-day workshop that brought together academicians, experts from the Ministry of Agriculture and farmers at Ruhenge High Learning Institution INES, it was decided that measures should be taken to limit the shortage. Last year, between July and November, the price of Irish potatoes skyrocketed to Rwf300 per kg before drastically falling to Rwf80, leaving farmers counting losses. The price fluctuation was attributed to unfavourable weather patterns and lack of storage facilities. Other causes identified are inadequate seeds for planting and shortage of seed multipliers. More