Lack of equipment risks GMO importation in Burundi

With Burundi law prohibiting the importation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO), experts have warned that lack of proper equipment may see GMOs imported in the country. On October 8th, 2022 Burundi received a batch of 120 tonnes of PAN 53 maize seed. However Willy Irakoze a Research director at the Burundi Institute of Agronomic...

Q and A with Gerarde Minani, mother of 5 battling breast cancer

Ranked second killing cancer in Burundi, October is a breast cancer awareness dedicated month, Gerarde Minani, a 48 years old mother of 5 children and a nurse at Muyinga Hospital spoke to Burundi Times’ Joella Nticiteretse of her battle with breast cancer. She is still under treatment, according to her the doctors recommended to stay under treatment...

Q and A with Dr. Willy Irakoze on irrigation and agriculture market for Burundi

Dr. Ir. Willy Irakoze is the current Director of Research at Burundi Institute for Agricultural Sciences (ISABU), he is also a researcher and Lecturer at the University of Burundi. He spoke to Joella Niciteretse on irrigation and agriculture production in Burundi. Could you tell us the common irrigation technics used in Burundi?

Bars, restaurants, homes to be beefed up with beef after ban lift

After quarantining cattle for a week which are meant to be slaughtered for beef in Burundi, this Wednesday the country has officially resumed the consumption of beef after imposing a blanket ban in June. Burundian government had banned the consumption of beef, goat and mutton due to the outbreak of the Rift Valley Fever.

Beef consumption set to resume in Burundi

The slaughtering and the consumption of beef is expected to resume in Burundi after months of ban on beef, goat and mutton due to the Rift Valley fever that was diagnosed in the country. The Burundi ministry of Internal Affairs alongside the ministry of livestock and agriculture on Wednesday announced for the resumption of...

Enormous challenges face Africa’s deepest Lake Tanganyika

Environmentalists and activists warned that Lake Tanganyika’s ecosystem is threatened by increased pollution and illegal fishing activities that may result into the extinct of some species. Biraturaba association that set to preserve environment bemoans Lake Tanganyika’s suffering from the excessive sediment and nutrient loads caused by erosion in the watershed, industrial and municipal waste.

What you need to know about the Rift Valley fever that has grappled livestock in Burundi

Rift Valley fever (RVF) is a viral zoonosis that primarily affects animals but also has the capacity to infect humans. Infection can cause severe disease in both animals and humans. The disease also results in significant economic losses due to death and abortion among RVF-infected livestock. RVF virus is a member of the Phlebovirus genus. The...

Monkeypox Q&A: how do you catch it and what are the risks?

The latest outbreak of monkeypox has, at the time of writing, reached 17 countries with 110 confirmed cases and a further 205 suspected cases. It’s a fast-moving story, so if you need to catch up on the latest, here are answers to some of the most pressing questions.   How is monkeypox...

Q&A with Vicent Kayanzari a vanilla farmer in Burundi

Vincent Kayanzari is a Burundian, born in Uganda in 1981. Born in a farming family located near a forest reserve, Kayanzari is now a vanilla farmer, started farming at the age of 13 after getting some Knowledge from school.  He spoke with Burundi Times’ Joella Niciteretse on how vanilla business is like. When did you start cultivating Vanilla? Why?

Burundi, DRC’s First Lady visits fistula patients

Democratic Republic of Congo president Felix Tshisekedi ended his three days official visit to Burundi this Monday which was part of strengthening the bilateral relations between the two neighboring countries. DRC’s president travelled along with his wife Denise Nyakeru on a three days visit to Burundi, DRC and Burundi first ladies gave support to...