On Friday, 19th November 2021, the Institute of Applied Sciences (INES-Ruhengeri) received a delegation of Experts in agriculture from the Rhineland-Palatinate State, in Germany. The delegation is organizing a series of activities in Rwanda from 15 to 24 November 2021. At INES, the delegation joined the Rwandan Team including INES –Ruhengeri members in a workshop for the operational plan development of the the project “Supporting the development of digital agricultural meteorology in Rwanda for climate change adaptation (Digi-Agri-Meteo Rwanda)”.
The project objective is development of digital agrometeorological competences for adaptation to climate change and for the promotion of environmentally friendly and resource-saving economic practice.
The project refers to the SMART Farming and the immediate beneficiaries are the farming population in rural Rwanda, who will benefit from improved weather forecasts and the associated recommendations for action to manage and increase the yield of land used for agricultural purposes.
“As the strategic driving keys for INES-Ruhengeri 2019-2024 Strategic Plan include internationalization, digitalization, bridging academia and industry; INES is ready to support in implementing the digital agricultural meteorology project in Rwanda so that the Rwandan population as a whole benefit through the supply of high-quality locally and sustainably produced food”, said Fr. Dr. Fabien Hagenimana, Vice-Chancellor of INES in his welcome remarks.
The Vice –Chancellor added that in terms of digitalization, INES has decided to tap into digital revolution opportunities through the development of INES Smart Campus. This is the best way of efficient service delivery. It is also the best shortcut to opportunities across the world.
In fact, this project is a technical cooperation project based on partnership. Inputs are mainly in kind from all participating partners including Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI), Rwanda Meteology Agency, Rwanda Agricultural Board, RLP–Rwanda Coordination Office / GIZ, INES-Ruhengeri and the Bingen Technical University.
“This project will strengthen the cooperation between the Republic of Rwanda and the State of Rhineland-Palatinate through the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Transport, Agriculture & Viticulture in of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate, in Germany”, revealed, Head of Germany Delegation, Dr. Volker Wenghoefer, Chief Officer for digitalization in Agriculture and Farm Advisory Services in the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Transport, Agriculture & Viticulture.
This project will start by two pilot sites: one in Musanze District, the other one in Kayonza District focusing on two crops (maize and potatoes). Then, in case valid and applicable agrometeorological data are available and IT infrastructure, the project will be expanded to other districts of Rwanda and it will serve as a decision-making aid for climate change-adaptation.