NIRDA awards young innovators in innovate for Smart Agro-processing hackathon

The National Industrial Research and Development Agency (NIRDA) on Friday, June 23, awarded five teams of innovators whose projects were incubated in the Innovate for Smart Agro-Processing Hackathon.

The winning teams showcased innovative modern farming solutions to problems affecting the agro-processing industry in Rwanda such as post-harvest losses.

The awards ranged from Rwf1 million to Rwf7...

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More efforts to modernise herbal medicines production

 The National Industrial Research and Development Agency (NIRDA) has vowed to valorize the herbal medicines and ensure they are modernized and used as an efficient alternative to modern medicine.

The move comes after the industrial agency in partnership with FXB-Rwanda last week, Friday 10, 2023 launched a Phyto Social Enterprise Project (POSE) which seeks to increase the production of herbal...

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NIRDA, Vanguard Economics to partner in Fortified Whole Grain production

The program to feed school children with Fortified Whole Grain Maize flour that provides five times more nutrients than regular refined flour could extend to more schools across the country under the School Feeding Program to ensure the country raises children with physical and cognitive development

This was disclosed during an information and knowledge sharing event organized by Vanguard...

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NIRDA awards Innovate for Cow Biohackathon winners

The National Industrial Research and Development Agency (NIRDA) onFriday,December 9, 2022 awarded eight business projects of young innovators that are adding value to cow products and cow by-products under the initiative dubbed “Innovate for Cow Biohackathon.”

At least 162 groups comprising 486 individuals applied for support under the initiative, according to NIRDA.

Of these, 33 groups...

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More firms acquire Business Development Services

The National Industrial Research and Development Agency (NIRDA) is equipping companies engaged in poultry, piggery, and animal fees with Business Development Services to help them increase management and productivity of their businesses.

The training is part of NIRDA's Open calls Program where NIRDA helps selected companies to acquire upgraded technologies to boost productivity and...

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NIRDA’s R&D researchers acquire training in product development, sensory evaluation

Researchers from the National Industrial Research and Development Agency (NIRDA)’s Applied Research have acquired a weeklong advanced training on product development and sensory evaluation expected to help them improve their daily lab-based work.

The trained staff are those involved in NIRDA Life Sciences Laboratory (NLSL) based in Huye District where the NIRDA Huye Research Centre is based.


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Optimism as Circular economy pilot project kicks off

A lot is expected as the National Industrial Research and Development Agency (NIRDA) in partnership with Enabel- The Belgian Development Agency have launched a Circular Economy Pilot project in the construction sector that is expected to promote green growth in Rwanda.

The project will be implemented through the Cleaner Production and Climate Innovation Centre (CPCIC) that operates under NIRDA...

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Inside the modern NIRDA laboratory: Where products are developed and tested for quality

Researchers are busy inside the National Industrial Research and Development Agency (NIRDA) laboratory where locally starter culture for effective banana based Alcoholic beverages including production is developed.

Inside one of the rooms in the applied microbiology block of the laboratory, yeast isolates are grown in incubators.


In a bid to address the issue of banana based alcoholic...

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NIRDA disseminates findings to enhance the quality of banana based beverages production

The National Industrial Research and Development Agency (NIRDA) on Tuesday disseminated findings from the project entitled “Enhancement of Production Technology, Quality and Competitiveness of Rwandan Banana Beverage products”

The project that is ending soon was implemented under the funding from the National Council for Science and Technology (NCST) to carry out the research that address the...

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NIRDA lowers the interest rate by 8% for Agriculture and Urbanization firms seeking loans in banks

Local firms in Agriculture and urbanization stand a chance to acquire loans on subsidized interest rates to ensure they boost productivity and competitiveness of their respective products.

This comes after the National Industrial Research and Development Agency (NIRDA) secured a grant from Enabel- the Belgian Development Agency to support the two sectors in specific value chains.

The grant...

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