The World Bank delegation led by Simeon Ehui, Regional Director for Sustainable Development for Africa at the World Bank Group, on Sunday visited Muyanza site in Rulindo district, Northern Province to witness the bank’s support to agriculture transformation and its impact to beneficiaries (farmers).
Muyanza site is one of the Sustainable Agriculture Intensification and Food security Project (SAIP) intervention sites across the country that were developed by the completed project Land Husbandry Water Harvesting and Hillside Irrigation Project (LWH) funded by the World Bank.
During the field visit to Muyanza, the World Bank team was welcomed by Prosper Mulindwa, Deputy Mayor in charge of Economic Development, Rulindo district, Dr. Charles Bucagu, Deputy Director General of Agriculture Research and Technology Transfer, Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB), Jean Marie Vianney Kagenza, Acting Coordinator, SPIU SAIP/RCSP, and farmers among others.
The delegation visited Muyanza water retaining dam, hillside irrigation command area, and integrated model village that were constructed for vulnerable families relocated from the dam site.
During the visit, the Word bank delegation had an interactive discussions with farmers and as well as investors in the horticulture in the Project area.
The team was impressed by the Project’s progress to improve the lives of farmers through improved agricultural practices aimed at increasing food security, poverty reduction and improved rural lives.
Speaking to farmers, Ehui urged farmers to take full advantage of opportunities provided under the Project and then take total ownership so that when Project and partners exit, the community and its people would continue to reap the benefits.
“We have come to witness the good work you are doing to increase food production and improve your wellbeing. I am impressed by what we have seen. Keep up the good work,” Ehui told Muyanza farmers.
The delegation also visited one of the farmers’ families residing in the model villages and was amazed by the neatness of the homes and well organized kitchen gardens constructed in the model village.
“We are thankful to the government of Rwanda and the World Bank for brining this Project to our area. This project opened our eyes to new learning,” said Vaiteur Bagwaneza, one of the farmers
He added: “Our land was treated and now, we have enough water for irrigation during the dry period. Our food production has multiplied due to improved agriculture practices.”
Later in the day, the World Bank delegation visited Urwibutso Enterprise located at Nyirangarama, Rulindo district, to witness the processing and packaging of different agricultural products including chili pepper, passion fruits, banana wine and bread among others.
Muyanza site covers seven sectors of Burega, Buyoga, Cyinzuzi, Mbogo,Tumba, Ntarabana and Mutete in Rulindo District. The total area developed with comprehensive land husbandry technologies is on 2,550 ha for the rain-fed area and 1,100 ha for hillside irrigation.
In the site, there are 12,146 farmers households (43% of them, women) grouped into four cooperatives.