The World Bank Agriculture Practice Manager Ms Shobha Shetty has been impressed by efforts made by the Sustainable Agricultural Intensification and Food Security Project (SAIP) to improve agricultural practices, increase food security and incomes among farmers (project beneficiaries).
The World Bank senior official made the remarks while visiting Nyanza 23 SAIP site in Nyanza District, Southern Province on Tuesday to assess the project’s implementation progress to increase agricultural productivity, market access, and food security of the targeted beneficiaries in the project areas.
“I am happy to see that SAIP is putting in much effort in supporting farmers to increase agricultural production, generate vital farmer’s household income and improve the nutritional levels in their households,” Shetty told farmers in Nyanza SAIP site.
She added: “I am impressed to see such significant results in terms of productivity increase. I however, commend you to keep up the momentum in improving agricultural production and the overall value chain.”
I thank the Project for providing us with irrigation scheme and improved farming knowledge and techniques which has enabled me to venture into horticulture. I cultivate chilli hot pepper on 45 Ares, and harvest 1 ton, however on I hectare, I harvest 7 tons of green chilli pepper. Within a period of four months, I generate Rwf1.7 million from Chilli sales,” said Jean Baptiste Nzabamwita, one of SAIP beneficiaries in Nyanza site.
He added: “my family’s living condition has greatly improved, my children are in school and now I can hope for a better future.”
During Shetty’s visit in Nyanza, she toured Nyanza irrigation scheme, farmer’s produce exhibition stands and later participated in planting water melon.
Nyanza 23 site is one of the Sustainable Agricultural Intensification and Food Security Project (SAIP) intervention sites countrywide. The site was developed by the completed Project-Land Husbandry Water Harvesting and Hillside Irrigation (LWH).
The total site developed with comprehensive land husbandry technologies is on 2,741 ha including 2,270 ha of water catchment and command area catchment and 471 ha in the command area.
The Project site covers the sectors of Rwabicuma, Busasamana, Cyabakamyi and Nyagisozi. It has 4,982 farmers’ households (2,346 males; 47%, and 2,636 females, 53%), organized into 252 Self Help Groups (SHGs) spread across 18 zones. SHGs have since formed 3 strong and dynamic cooperatives, and 1 Water Users Association (WUA).
The total area treated is 2,741 ha including 2,270 ha of water catchment and command area catchment and 471 ha in the command area.
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.