RWANDA LAUNCHES NEW IRRIGATION PROJECT TO MITIGATE DROUGHT BURDEN IN KAYONZA DISTRICT

Kayonza September 15, 2020: The Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) in collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) through Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB) on Tuesday launched Kayonza Irrigation and Integrated Watershed Management Project (KIIWP).
KIIWP, which is expected to cost $83.96 million, will help mitigate drought burden in Eastern Province’s Kayonza District.
Speaking at the event, the Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Dr Gerardine Mukeshimana, said that KIIWP project comes as a lasting solution to the problem of water shortages in agriculture, livestock and households, for more than 50,000 beneficiaries, including women and youth, affected by the drought in the area every year.
It will sustainably improve the food security and income of the residents as well as boost their resilience to climate changes.
KIIWP will also directly accelerate sustainable development goals (SDGs) in the fight against poverty, eradicate hunger, promote the principle of equality, create new jobs, meet economic needs, and protect the environment.
The project will be implemented in two phases, with the first phase costing at least $20.93 million (about Rwf18.7 billion).
The project will strengthen resilience to drought through investing in catchment rehabilitation, livestock and domestic water infrastructure development, and the establishment of efficient infrastructure management institutions.
It will supply water for livestock, catchment rehabilitation and protection of areas where rain fed agriculture is practiced, as well as carry out feasibility studies and Environmental Impact assessment studies for large scale irrigation schemes.
KIIWP will be implemented in Kayonza District’s eight drought-prone sectors of Gahini, Kabare, Kabarondo, Murama, Murundi, Mwiri, Ndego, and Rwinkwavu.
Under this project, strategic commodities that are central to the main livelihoods of farmers in Kayonza District will be mainly cultivated, including maize, rice, Irish potatoes, soyabeans, as well as horticulture crops.