University of Technology and Arts of Byumba - UTAB

Research Findings on Production of Organic Fertilizers and Organic Pesticides done by UTAB Students and Lecturers
Today: February 23, 2024


Since September 2021, the University of Technology and Arts of Byumba (UTAB) in partnership with Rwanda Organic Agriculture Movement (ROAM) and the Bioision Africa Trust has been involved in the implementation of the Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative (EOA-I) project funded by the Swiss Department for Development and Cooperation “SDC”. In this project, the university is implementing the Pillar I “Research and applied knowledge” which is composed of two outcomes:

  1. Information and knowledge needed by EOA actors along value chains generated and collated for dissemination
  2.  EOA research information and knowledge processed and validated for dissemination.

In the first phase of the project, UTAB Lectures and students conducted a baseline study on the value chain analysis to identify knowledge gaps, needs and priorities of various actors with a special focus on women, youth and marginalized groups along pineapple and strawberry value chains in Gakenke, Rulindo, Muhanga and Kamonyi Districts. In the second phase of the implementation of this project, it was expected that four (4) research could be conducted in order to address the gaps mentioned in the previous baseline study according to the following project specific activities:

  1. Undertake scientific research to generate information and knowledge to address the gaps, needs and priorities identified during baseline.
  2. Produce a report on the information from research findings that addressed the gaps, needs and priorities identified.
  3. Produce, validate and report the information and knowledge from the research findings using appropriate strategies.
  4. Publish scientific papers of the best EOA experience from the research findings that addressed the identified gaps and needs in the international scientific journals.

Therefore, in the framework of this project to undertake scientific research to generate information and knowledge to address the gaps identified during the baseline study, UTAB conducted a number of researches related to EOA technologies and practices. The research topics are also as follows:

  1. Intercropping pineapple with Desmodium intortum and sweet potatoes for sustainable mulching in organic highland pineapple production,
  2. Effectiveness of pest repellent crops on pest managements in strawberry farming,
  3. Comparative study of different homemade organic fertilizers on pineapple production and
  4. Comparative study of different homemade organic pesticides on strawberry production.

Yet in the framework of the good smoothness of the implementation of this EOA-I project, a one-day validation workshop on Ecological Organic Agriculture research findings was organized at UTAB. This special event was gathering over 50 stakeholders from UTAB senior researchers and different public and private institutions working in the sector of Agroecology and or similar domain. The research team consisted of four lecturers and two students, all from UTAB. They developed three homemade technologies out of which two types of organic fertilizers, one organic foliar fertilizer, and two types organic pesticides were produced based on local plant materials and animal wastes. The laboratory analysis was carried out to confirm the conformity of these products. The results from the field trials revealed that these organic products could be a prominent alternative to chemical fertilizers and pesticides and in return will help organic farmers to increase their productivity through ecological organic agriculture.

Vice Chancellor of UTAB Father. Dr. MUNANA Gilbert, O.P

In his welcome remarks, the Vice Chancellor of UTAB Father. Dr. MUNANA Gilbert, O.P welcomed the stakeholders to the workshop and thanked ROAM, Lecturers and students for the good job that they have done and the whole team of EOA partners for their great commitment to promoting Ecological Organic Agriculture in Rwanda.

ROAM CEO Madam Lise Chantal Dusabe

The ROAM CEO Madam Lise Chantal Dusabe thanked UTAB Lecturers and students for the great job that they have done well. She also encouraged all lecturers and researchers to do more research in the area of Organic Agriculture. She further more explained about ROAM, its history, its key areas of operations, and its mandate as a national umbrella organization that provides leadership and professional advisory services to all stakeholders in the organic agriculture sector in Rwanda.

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On 15th February 2024, Students of @UTAB_BYUMBA who study Crop Production and Animal Production (Levels 3 & 4) had a field trip to the RAB RUBONA and SONGA stations. @HEC_Rwanda @RwandaEducation

On 13th February 2024 @UTAB_BYUMBA hosted a meeting with Prof. Paolo CIAMPOLINI from @unipr to discuss the progress on the implementation of #GREATER project

Ku wa 25 Mutarama 2024, abakozi, abarezi n'abanyeshuri ba @UTAB_BYUMBA bitabiriye ibiganiro bijyanye no kwizihiza Umunsi Mukuru w'Intwari z'igihugu ku nshuro ya 30 uzaba ku wa 01 Gashyantare 2024. @IntwarizuRwanda @Rwanda_Edu

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Mgr Servilien NZAKAMWITA umuvugizi w'umuryango UTAB mu mategeko na Mgr Papias MUSENGAMANA umwepiskopi wa Diyosezi ya Byumba bashyize umukono ku masezerano yo kwegurira imicungire ya Kaminuza ya UTAB, Diyosezi ya BYUMBA. @UTAB_BYUMBA

Ba Nyiricyubahiro Mgr Servilien NZAKAMWITA umuvugizi w'umuryango UTAB mu mategeko na Mgr Papias MUSENGAMANA umushumba wa Diyosezi gatolika ya Byumba bari gusinya amasezerano yo kwegurira Diyosezi gatolika ya BYUMBA imicungire ya @UTAB_BYUMBA

Umuyobozi Mukuru wa @UTAB_BYUMBA @MunanaGilbert ari kugeza ku bitabiriye inteko rusange y'umuryango UTAB uko @UTAB_BYUMBA ihagaze

Muri aka akanya muri UTAB hari kubera inteko rusange y'umuryango UTAB, iraza gusinyirwamo amasezerano hagati y'umuryango UTAB na Diyosezi gatolika ya BYUMBA yo kwegurira iyi Diyosezi imicungire y'iyi Kaminuza.

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