The World Bank Group official has commended farmers in the Sustainable Agricultural Intensification and Food security Project (SAIP) intervention area of Rwamagana district, Eastern Province for efforts made towards improved agricultural practices.
Ms. Anshula Kant, the World Bank Group Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer said that she was impressed by what farmers are doing to increase agricultural production, improve house hold income and overall improve standards of living.
During her visit to Rwamagana SAIP site, Kant was accompanied by Mr. Yasser El- Gammal, Country Manager for the World Bank Group in Rwanda and other bank officials.
At the site, she was welcomed by Mr. Radjab Mbonyumuvunyi, Mayor of Rwamagana District, Dr. Charles Bucagu, Deputy Director General of Agriculture Research and Technology Transfer at the Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB), Mr. Innocent Bisangwa, Coordinator SPIU World Bank and KOICA funded Projects, local leaders and farmers.
“I appreciate what you are doing. I hope this becomes permanent even when the World Bank, government and the Project no longer there to give you all the support, and you will be able to do it on your own,” Kant told Rwamagana farmers.
According to El- Gammal, the World Bank is committed to support farmers to improve agricultural production and raise household income.
“I am impressed by your hard work to transform agriculture in this area. The hard work you are putting in is not only improving your lives but also improving your country. Congratulations for reaching this far,” He told farmers.
El- Gammal called on farmers to transfer the knowledge and skills they get from trainings on improved agricultural practices to other farmers in the neighbouring villages.
“My life has changed for the better after recording increased crop produce. I thank the Project for supporting us to make our land productive and become more profitable than we would have imagined,” said Marie Gaudence Mujawimana one of the farmers supported by SAIP.
During the visit, officials toured chilli pepper farming and green house and as well as interacted with farmers.
Rwamagana site is one of the Sustainable Agriculture Intensification and Food security Project (SAIP) developed sites and is located in Eastern Province in Rwamagana District, on the main road from Kigali to Rwamagana town, at about 45 min drive from Kigali city. The total site developed with comprehensive land husbandry technologies on 1,272 hectares for the rain-fed area and 267 ha for hillside irrigation. The site covers three sectors of Nzige, Mwulire, Rubona and Gahengeri.
SAIP’s main development objective is to increase agricultural productivity, market access, and food security of the targeted beneficiaries in the project intervention areas across the country.