More Rwandans for agricultural internship program in Israel

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More Rwandans for agricultural internship program in Israel

At least 107 fresh graduates from Rwandan universities will next week leave for Israel to undergo an 11-month internship course, the agriculture ministry has confirmed.

The team will leave on 13th and 14th October, 2014, to start the internship program at the Agro Studies, International Center for Agricultural Interns in Israel.

They will focus on studies in areas of vegetable farming, fruit tree farming, plant protection, soil conservation, irrigation techniques, advanced agriculture under international standards, computer economics, project planning, and post-harvest courses.

While meeting with the team, the minister of Agriculture, Dr. Gerardine Mukeshimana told the students to “think out of the box” and take the advantages of the chance they get to garner wealthy ideas and experiences that will revolutionize agriculture sector, particularly horticulture industry when they get back home.

“Think big and wide. I want you to be somewhere in the chain,” the Minister said urging them to think about what they will do after coming back.

Agro Studies offers the training to 500 students from 6 countries and this year the number will increase to 650 students.

The internship comes from the MOU signed between MINAGRI and “Agro Studies Institution” representing the Government of Israel in July, 2012.

In 2012, 30 students from two Universities of Rwanda, ISAE and Umutara Polytechnic University were admitted to follow their internship in Horticulture and in 2013 another team of about 90 students was also taken in.

Some of those who completed their internship program over the last two years are helping the country to streamline horticulture industry.

They have been integrated in two sites developed by Land Husbandry, Water Harvesting and Hillside Irrigation (LWH) project: Nyanza and Karongi sites where they are producing vegetables and fruits.

In line with the five-year Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRSII), the government of Rwanda is committed to diversifying its export base to ensure that exports grow 28% every year, and the horticulture industry is given high attention to achieve this target

Agro studies offer several courses in Poultry, Aquaculture, Apiculture and Horticulture. The course they offer is divided into two programs: Theoretical class learning program and practical training where students go into farms for practical skills.

The program gathers students from South Asian and African countries including the Philippines, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, India, Vietnam, Rwanda, Togo, Borkina Faso, and Ivory Coast to Israel, offering a program that combines practical training and theoretical studies in one or more various agricultural fields.

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