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Agricultural Mechanization Program

Project Name: Agricultural Mechanization Program

Partners: MINAGRI PROJECTS

Funded By: Government of Rwanda

Budget (Initial Amount): 6,000,000,000 RwF

Timeline: starting date is in July 2009 and the Scheduled completion date is expected in June 2013. This program will require extension and continuous Government support on promotion and regulations aspects.
Objective: The sector goal of the Project is to contribute to increasing agricultural productivity in Rwanda through mechanization promotion. The specific objective is to ensure that subsis-tence and market-oriented producers have access to the necessary and appropriate equipment for modern farming techniques.

Coverage: National program

Main activities:
- Acquisition of mechanization and irrigation equipments.
- Facilitation of mechanization and irrigation equipments acquisition by farmers.
- Hire services of various farm equipments.
- Build capacities of machine operators, individual farmers and cooperatives.


Achievements / key facts / key figures:

The taskforce has acquired sixty (81) tractors, ranging from 35 to 100 HP series. 250 power til-lers of 12 and 15 HP.  The task force has contributed in ploughing 1990 Ha during season 2012A out of 3210 ha prepared by both the TF and private farmers, it has acquired thirty five (35) rice planters, has acquired farm implements (ploughs, mould boards, harrows / rotava-tors, water pumps, and trailers. A large number has been sold to farmers, individuals and co-operatives. The taskforce has acquired heavy five (5) earth moving machines, these are in cate-gories of bull dozers, chain loaders, and earth excavators.
15 VMSC are established and operational in Gatsibo, Nyagatare, Bugesera/Nyamata, Nyanza, Kirehe, Ngoma, and new ones are Kayonza, Ruhango, Rusizi, Nyamasheke, Huye, Musanze, Bugesera/Gashora, Kirehe/Nasho, the power tiller centres are: Karongi (2), Gicumbi, Rulindo, Gatsibo, and Nyanza.
The construction of a modern mechanization workshop has started in the Kigali-Free trade zone and expected to be ready by June 2012. This is meant to be a power tiller assembly factory in partnership with TYM Ltd, a South Korean Tractor manufacturer company.
Thirteen (23) A1 technicians have completed a six months training on agricultural mechaniza-tion at Kabuye workshop. 20 technicians from IPRC_Nyanza have been trained in tractor op-eration and repair in 2011. 3 technicians with A1 have been sent to China for a training in Agriculture mechanization, 4 engineers have been sent for training in Japan and one Engineer is attending an MSc program in agriculture mechanization in India, 136 farmers across the country have been trained on Power tiller's operation, maintenance and repair. More than 38 operators are trained and currently employed in different VMSCs.