Farmers in the Sustainable Agricultural Intensification and Food Security Project (SAIP) and Rural Community Support Project (RCSP) intervention sites across the country have intensified crop planting with almost all areas in the country witnessing a significant amount of rains.
Farmers are expecting to enjoy bumper harvest as most parts of the country started receiving rains and the hope is that farmers would utilise the opportunity and plant early enough so that they can reap benefits.
According to Vladimir Ayimpaye, Extension Specialist at SAIP/RCSP, farmers in the project sites have accelerated planting in their agricultural fields following the ongoing rains that is falling in most parts of the country.
“We have started receiving rains and our hope is that farmers would utilise the opportunity and plant early enough to optimise crop yield production,” said Ayimpaye.
He added that planting in SAIP sites has reached 85 percent while in RCSP is at 93 percent and farmers have been trained on improved farming methods.
According to Ayimpaye, the Project staff (Agronomists and Community Development personnel) has engaged in the adequate sensitizations of farmers on how best they can conduct their farming activities for the enhancement of agricultural production.
He urged farmers to apply better agricultural methods such as the use of improved seed varieties and fertilizers among others, and participating in government programmes that increase productivity.
The project supports farmers to increase crop yields through capacity building training, agribusiness skills, financial literacy, and agronomy. Farmers also receive agriculture inputs, like seeds and fertilisers, and services including soil testing and agronomic support.
Farmers then implement the lessons from the training and use the inputs to grow their crops. Once harvested, the farmers are linked to better markets and higher prices.
To enhance the culture of enriching soils with quality fertilisers among farmers, the project taught farmers how to make quality composts-organic fertilisers.
SAIP is the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) funded project through the World Bank Group– International Development Association (IDA) while RCSP is funded by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). Both projects are implemented under the Single Project Implementation Unit (SPIU) of the Rwanda Agricultural and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB).
SAIP targets to increase agricultural productivity, market access, and food security of the targeted beneficiaries in the project intervention areas.
RCSP aims to raise agricultural productivity of farmers in the marshlands and hillsides, increase farmers’ income and strengthen the participation of beneficiary farmers with ownership based on the diligence, self-help and cooperative, mindset approach.
SAIP is implemented in eight districts; Rulindo, Rwamagana, Karongi, Rutsiro, Kayonza, Nyanza, Gatsibo, and Nyabihu while RCSP intervenes in seven sites; Ruterana in Muhanga District; Kajevuba and Ruzigambogo in Gasabo District; Kanyonyomba in Gatsibo District; Rwinkwavu in Kayonza District; Bwanya in Gicumbi and Gatsibo Districts and Gakenke in Gakenke District.