Farmers busy with farm work during 2022 seasonA planting amid intermittent rains

Farmers in the Sustainable Agricultural Intensification and Food Security Project (SAIP) and Sustainable Agricultural Productivity and Market Linkage Project (SAPMP) intervention sites across the country are busy with farm work during 2022 seasonA, despite irregular rains.

The Projects had mobilized farmers to carry out early land preparation so that they are able to plant in time to be able to benefit from the early rains and improve on their harvests.

According to Vladmir Ayimpaye, Extension Specialist at SPIU SAIP/SAPMP, planting season is almost complete and farmers planted early in order to get maximum benefits from the first rains.

“We mobilised farmers to ensure that they plant early enough and take advantage of the early rains which would lead to better yield,” he added.

Ayimpaye, said that land preparation in SAIP sites has reached 92 percent and planting at 83 percent while in SAPMP sites land preparation is at 100 percent and planting at 99 percent.

He explained that farmers have been trained on improved farming methods and improved farm inputs such as fertilisers and seeds have been availed to them.

The SPIU SAIP/SAPMP supports farmers to increase crop yields through capacity building training, agribusiness skills, financial literacy, and agronomy. Farmers also receive agriculture inputs, like seed and fertiliser, and services including soil testing and agronomic support.

The 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.

SAIP is the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) funded project through the World Bank Group– International Development Association (IDA) while SAPMP 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.

The main objective of SAPMP is to strengthen sustainable agricultural productivity and market linkages through increased agricultural productivity of farmers and improved marketability of agricultural products within the project areas of intervention.

SAIP is implemented in eight districts; Rulindo, Rwamagana, Karongi, Rutsiro, Kayonza, Nyanza, Gatsibo, and Nyabihu while  SAPMP  is implemented in Nyirimageni site located in the districts of Gisagara and Nyanza in Southern Province.