The program has been ongoing since 2012, following an agreement signed between Rwanda and Israel’s AgroStudies Center and Kinneret Academic College. It is part of a larger program done by Mashav, the Israel’s Agency for International Cooperation, in 25 countries worldwide.
The young graduates sent on Monday 15th November 2021, will be equipped with hands-on skills in different areas including greenhouse farming, aquaculture (fishery), poultry, breeding and production, poultry vaccination and dairy farms.
According to the Ambassador of Israel in Rwanda, Dr. Ron Adam; the program is part of the many Mashav initiatives.
“Capacity building has always been key in our development cooperation around the world. We hope that the hands-on skills that these graduates are going to gain in Israel will benefit them, and Rwanda, by bringing and implementing the modern agricultural practices. They are the future agents of change for the agriculture transformation in Rwanda,” he said.
As it has been the case for the last two years, the Embassy of Israel in Rwanda will strive to work together with the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources and RDB to facilitate the first steps of the alumni, which include facilitating them to form cooperatives and establish small and medium-sized businesses in modern agriculture.
Commenting on the training program, Jean Claude Musabyimana, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources said that its benefits are evident.
“We thank the State of Israel for this opportunity given to Rwandan graduates. Over the years, this program has yielded positive results in our agriculture sector. Many of those who attended the training have opened-up businesses here in horticulture and fishing among others. These businesses are playing an important role in increasing the quality of our produce, and hence boosting our agricultural exports,” he affirmed.
Since 2012, more than 1,200 Rwandan graduates have benefitted from this capacity-building program.