Rwanda Defence Force has officially handed over 15 irrigation pumps (water-motor pumps) to 46 Members of Farmers Cooperative (Cooperative des CultivateursProgressistes URUMURI); farming around Akagera marshland Rukumberi Sector in Ngoma District.
The event graced by the Mayor of Ngoma District Mr. Aphrodise Nambaje and the 211 Brigade Commander Col Bertin Cyubahiro Mukasa was held on 31st July in Gituza Cell, Rukumberi Sector.
The two Officials underscored the importance of the new irrigation systems provided to increase productivity.
Col Cyubahiro Mukasa said; “The modern irrigation pumps acquired will increase the production for farmers who have been using small-scale watering cans for irrigation.”
He encouraged farmers to take advantage of the new irrigation pumps to get the intended results
“I Hope there will be no more unproductive land as you are now equipped with these enablers”, said Col Mukasa.
According to Ngoma District Mayor, the irrigation pumps will also contribute to uplifting the livelihood of farmers and increase the annual productivity.
“Initially the Akagera marshland has been producing watermelons, tomatoes, cabbages, onions, carrots and other types of vegetables using traditional means of irrigation. You can imagine the quality and quantity of the harvest that could result from this marshland with these modern irrigation pumps donated by RDF,” Mayor Nambaje told Rukumberi Residents.
Mechanization farming in Mutenderi Sector
After Rukumberi Sector, Ngoma District mayor accompanied by 211 Brigade Commander moved to Mutenderi Sector to inaugurate another Quick Impact Project meant to support mechanization farming in Mutenderi Sector, Ngoma District, Eastern Province.
This Project is a collaborative effort of the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources, the Rwanda Defence Force and Ngoma District, consisting of increasing productivity of maize and other produce by use of farming tractors on an area of 54 Ha in Zaza Sector, Ngoma District.
Other agricultural activities conducted during 2017 Army week in Eastern Province include hill side and marshland farming on an area of 1,176 Ha, banana pruning on 134 Ha, eradication of banana weevils on 213 Ha, coffee plantation rehabilitation on 252 Ha, nursery bed preparation and maintenance of terraces on 15 Ha.