A new variety of highly productive banana plants will be distributed to farmers in Rwanda next month in a bid to improve banana production in Rwanda. The Minister of State in charge of Agriculture, Fulgence Nsengiyumva, told The New Times that banana crops account for about 23% of the entire farmland in the country, pointing out that apart from serving as a staple food crop for most, ripe bananas can also be increased for export. Leonidas Harerimana, a farmer from Rwamagana District, said that he has been growing newly improved banana varieties such as Fia and Poyo which had increased yield by about three times compared to the old banana variety. – New Times
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