New bean variety launched (Rwanda)

Harvest Plus, a leader in breeding and dissemination of micronutrient-rich staple food crops, has introduced a new Iron Bean seed in the country, which it will distribute in collaboration with the Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB).


According to Harvest Plus country representative, Tiwirai Lister Katsvairo, the new bean will help fight and reduce hunger among malnourished residents in Rwanda. The new seed is being distributed across Nyagatare and Gatsibo in the Eastern Province, and other parts of the country.
Josephine Mukakigeri, an agriculture researcher at RAB, says: “The seed is a new hybrid in the bean sector. First of all, it is nutritious, a staple food, grows in the shortest period of time and has good harvests. Secondly, we sell a kilo of beans at Rwf 500 ($0.84) to farmers and in return buy all their produce at harvest. This is a fixed market that farmers should exploit.”
– The New Times