GoR, WB sign $68 million feeder roads development grant

On 8 December 2017 at 11:05

The Government of Rwanda (GoR) and World Bank (WB) yesterday signed $68 million (about Rwf59 billion) additional financing grant agreement for the on-going Feeder Roads Development Project (FRDP).

The objective of the project is to enhance all season road connectivity to agricultural market centers in selected districts.

The grant will help finance the costs associated with the scale-up of the on-going project and broaden the program from the existing four districts to ten districts of Rwanda. The grant would also help the rehabilitation, upgrading and multi-year maintenance of an additional 450km of feeder roads in six new districts to the on-going 270km in the existing districts.

These districts are Gatsibo, Nyagatare, Naybihu, Rutsiro, Nyaruguru and Gakenke.

“The scale-up of the program follows the government’s strong willingness to improve connectivity in rural areas and thus enabling farmers to access input and output markets,” said the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Amb. Claver Gatete.

The FRDP is designed as an integral part of the agricultural support initiatives in Rwanda and helps farmers to transport key agricultural inputs, and move their crops and products to markets.

The pilot phase of FRDP started in Districts of Rwamagana, Karongi, Nyamagabe and Gisagara with a total of $45 million provided by World Bank as loan.

“The project is expected to directly benefit about one million people in ten districts, generate about 5,000 employment opportunities through road rehabilitation contracts and a further 3,700 under roads maintenance contracts,” said the World Bank Country Manager, Yasser El Gammal.

The State Minister for Transport in the Ministry of Infrastructure, Jean de Dieu Uwihanganye said that said that feeder roads that are set to be constructed are the first under seven year government programme from 2017-2024.

He said that they target to have constructed 700km by three years ahead.