The Governments of Rwanda and Japan today signed a financing agreement worth US$18.8 million (Approximately Frw 15.3 Billion) to support the phase 3 of the second strategic Plan for the Transformation of agriculture (PASTA II). The grant support will contribute to improving agricultural productivity, food security, and increasing income of farmers in rural areas.
The support will specifically be used to rehabilitate 2 reservoirs (Cyimpima 56.2 hectares and Gashara 66.1 hectares) , construction of 2 reservoirs (Bugugu 51.5 hectares and Cyaruhogo 28.5 hectares) and construction of primary irrigation canals as well as capacity building on how to operate and rehabilitate Irrigation systems in Rwamagana district.
Speaking after the signing event, the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Claver Gatete noted that under PASTAII Government has prioritized irrigation as a strategic key to reduce the dependency on rain-fed agriculture.
“Through this support, we are targeting to have 100,000 hectares under irrigation of which 65,000 hectares is marshland and 35,000 hectares is hillside,” Minister Gatete said.
Japan Ambassador to Rwanda Takayuki Miyashita said the grant aims to improve agriculture productivity and to increase incomes of farmers in Rwamagana district by providing ceaseless and stable water in marshland.
He noted “This project will help farmers utilize agricultural water to be accumulated in four dams in the Eastern Province more efficiently and promote intensive agriculture by enabling farmers to raise two crops a year, broaden farmlands and increase harvest”.
Japan has been a key contributor to Rwanda’s economic development through their involvement in Agriculture, Water and Sanitation and Energy.