Farmers in the Rural Community Support Project (RCSP) intervention sites in Rwinkwavu-Kayonza District, Kanyonyomba hillside in Gatsibo District, Kajevuba and Ruzigambogo in Gasabo District and Bwanya that lies in between in the districts of Gatsibo and Gicumbi have received prizes for promoting and implementing improved agricultural practices for Agricultural Season 2019B.
The farmers’ awards seek to strengthen beneficiary farmer’s ownership, contribute agricultural productivity increment and farmer’s income, enhance the cooperatives and SHGs formation and self sustenance and motivate them to utilize the project infrastructures in the site.
The colourful event held at Rwinkwavu-Kayonza District Eastern Province was graced by the presence of Mr. Fred Mufulukye, Governor of Eastern Province, H.E Kim Eung-joong , South Korea Ambassador to Rwanda, Mr. Jean Claude Musabyimana, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources and Mr. Jean Claude Murenzi, Mayor Kayonza District.
Other guests at the event also included Maj. Gen Mubarak Muganga, the RDF Division commander for the City of Kigali and Eastern Province, Mr. Innocent Bisangwa, Coordinator SPIU SAIP/RCSP, Mr. Lee Byung Hwa, KOICA Country Director and KOICA representatives, Koyonza district officials, RCSP team and farmers among others.
The criteria to reward farmers focused on outstanding performance in farmers’ organization, extension, post-harvest handling, and marketing.
Prizes were given in key categories: best cooperative, best SHGs in terms increased productivity and capacity building, best individual farmers in areas of compost making and increased crop productivity and the best woman and youth farmer.
“We thank RCSP for transforming our lives. Before the project intervention we were very poor because we were not producing enough food due to mixing up all crops on small pieces of land,” said Faustin Uwimana, one of RCSP beneficiaries in Kajevuba.
He thanked the government of Rwanda and South Korea for supporting farmers to improve their livelihoods and move away from jaws of poverty.
Speaking at the event, Mufulukye called on Farmers to adopt government interventions and make sustainable use of them.
“I am happy to hear that RCSP improved your lives for better through improved agricultural practices which led to increased agricultural yield and improved incomes,” Mufulukye told farmers.
However, Eung-joong, thanked farmers for adopting best practices as it would help in food security and contribute to the national economy.
“The KOICA is committed to continue supporting the government of Rwanda to achieve economic development and prosperity of its citizens,” he said.
At the ceremony, Musabyimana encouraged farmers to continue working hard and transforming their lives for better and as well engage in agri-business activities.
“I highly encourage you to uphold different steps taken to develop agriculture which ensured that farmers produce enough for consumption and for commercial gains,” he said.
The event was also marked with the Inauguration of Kageyo Road-Dayke which has a Capacity of 5million m3.
Farmers received prizes that included among others, wheelbarrows, knapsack sprayers, wellington boots, agro-chemicals, hoes, bicycles and certificates.
RCSP is a KOICA funded project implemented under the Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB)-Single Project Implementation Unit (SPIU).
RCSP that closes its doors on December 31, 2019 has benefited more than 42,000 farmers in its areas of intervention across Rwanda (Gasabo, Muhanga, Gakenke, Gatsibo, Kayonza and Gicumbi districts).
The Project focused on rural farmer groups and individuals most especially smallholders in intervention areas producing rice, maize, beans, horticulture (fruits and vegetables) and other crops.