The National Industrial Research and Development Agency (NIRDA) and partners have so far validated two technology audits on piggery and poultry and pig feed value chains.
The tech audits are carried out to identify technology and technological capabilities of selected value chains for NIRDA to support industries in those value chains and acquire upgraded equipment to improve competitiveness and productivity.
This is done through the Open Calls Program where applicants are called upon to apply via online portal and after rigorous selection, winners are offered free interest loan and without collateral.
Such support is provided by NIRDA and channeled through the Development Bank of Rwanda BRD.
Currently, NIRDA is working with ENABEL, a Belgium Development Agency to support industries in different value chains including piggery, poultry and their animal feed.
Both piggery and animal feeds tech audit reports were validated early this month and stakeholders added their inputs before the final document was submitted by a consulting firm.
The target of Open Calls Program is to have local industries that are able to compete on the local, regional and Int’l market, increase export and lead to import substitution.
Speaking in Piggery open calls validation workshop, Claire Mukeshimana, the Acting Director General of NIRDA said that such a workshop would inform the way forward as the institution moves forward launching the open calls.
“Everyone’s input is welcome as we want to have a final document that will help us in the Open Calls program,” she said.
She added that NIRDA’s mandate is “To boost competitiveness and productivity of existing industries through open calls programme”
NIRDA is working with Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) in the Agriculture and Livestock related projects.
Dr. Solange Uwituze,RAB Deputy DG hailed NIRDA and Enabel Rwanda’s efforts to modernize poultry and pig feeds value chain saying it would contribute to the production of quality and quantity of locally produced feeds and make them available to the market.
Chritian Herimans, from Enebel, said the purpose of supporting agric value chains was to ensure that there are enough related products on the market and at affordable prices.
“We want the outcome to help us in identifying applicable and affordable technology to reduce the cost of production of animal feeds and make them available at affordable prices,” he said during the validation workshop on animal feeds tech audit.