Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente on Tuesday visited Muyanza site in Rulindo District, Northern Province to witness agricultural transformation and launching of agricultural season 2020A at national level.
In the district, the Prime Minister was received by several government officials including the Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Dr. Gerardine Mukeshimana, Governor of Northern Province Mr. Jean Marie Vianney Gatabazi, the Director General, Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB), Dr. Patrick Karangwa, Acting Coordinator, SPIU SAIP/RCSP Jean Marie Vianney Kagenza and farmers among others.
During his visit, Ngirente toured Muyanza water retaining dam, hillside irrigation command area, and later on launched agricultural season 2020A at national level by planting maize and beans.
Speaking at the launch, Ngirente said that the government will continue to support farmers with improved farm inputs (seeds and fertilizers) to ensure good yield and increased production.
“I call upon farmers countrywide to ensure timely planting and apply the required fertilizers and seeds in order to realize good yield through maintaining soil fertility,” said Prime Minister.
He urged farmers to maintain and sustain agricultural infrastructures that have been provided by the government to enable farmers optimize their production.
“Agricultural livelihoods play a critical role in ensuring national food security and economic growth and it’s important to practice improved farming methods to increase crop yields, secure household food security and farmer’s livelihoods,” said Ngirente.
He called on farmers to cultivate vegetables and fruits to increase household incomes while supporting household food security and nutrition along the entire commodity value chain.
The Prime Minister urged farmers to register in Smart Nkunganire program to benefit from Government incentives, saying that improved agricultural practices lead to employment opportunities creation, especially for the youth and women.
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.
The Project 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.