Agriterra is a Dutch non-government organisation; it has partnered with the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources to expand the ‘Bravura strawberry variety’ trials in Rwanda. Through the HortInvest project it introduced two Dutch strawberry varieties -Bravura and Furore- in Rwanda in 2020.
Last year, the Ministry of Agriculture visited the first trial fields operated by KOABUNYA cooperative in Rutsiro district and CODFM cooperative in Muhanga district and requested the NGO to help expand the strawberry trials in the country. The decision to expand the growth of ‘Bravura variety’ comes after the initial trial results proved to produce higher yields and quality fruits according to Jean Marie Ntakirutimana, the Business Advisor at Agriterra.
“The trials in other districts seek to assess the performance of the Bravura variety on Rwandan soil since it gave good results from the previous trials,” he Ntakirutimana told newtimes.co.rw.
He said that 70,000 seedlings of ‘Bravura variety’ have to be planted on 1.5 hectare in five districts namely Rwamagana, Rulindo, Muhanga, Rutsiro and Karongi.
“Agricultural experts from The Netherlands trained local agronomists and cooperatives on strawberry farming. The Ministry of Agriculture supports the journey to make it successful. The crop takes only 90 days to mature and start harvesting,” he said. According to him, once trials continue to register success in all parts of the country, it will spell good news for farmers.