Government supports Poultry farmers

By Elina Jonas Ruzindaza
On 29 April 2020 at 12:23

Following the announcement from Poultry farmers in the Northern Province, on the loss of more than a million eggs due to the Coronavirus pandemic, measures were taken by the government to buy and provide them to children under the age of five.

The Northern Province Governor, Jean Marie Vianney Gatabazi said these eggs were given to children on Wednesday, last week.

“Rulindo district has professional breeders that possess chickens and sell eggs and meat. These can also be found in Rusiga Sector and elsewhere, enough to allow us to reach the international market, but, due to the pandemic, we were no longer able to send these products in DRC." Gatabazi said.

"In one of my visits to these farmers, they recorded 560,000 eggs in Gakenke, 450,000 in Rulindo, and more than 250,000 in Gicumbi," he added.

Gatabazi noted that it was difficult to find a market for them, thus, took the matter to the national administration, where the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry decided that the eggs should be bought given to children under the age of five.

Each egg will cost Rwf 60, with the aim being that the breeders do not experience losses but also help the children in need of nutrients.

Dr. Uwituze Solange, Deputy Director-General of Animal Husbandry, RAB, said they encourage farmers to make sure that eggs can be given to children under the age of five.

She only says that the problem is most in those rearing chicken for meat-breeding and that they are trying to make sure that the meat is properly stored until the problem is over.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, as of 2018, Rwanda has received the US $12 million from egg exports.

On the loss of more than a million eggs due to the Coronavirus pandemic, measures were taken by the government to buy and provide them to children under the age of five.
The Northern Province Governor, Jean Marie Vianney Gatabazi said these eggs were given to children on Wednesday, last week.
Each egg will cost Rwf 60, with the aim being that the breeders do not experience losses but also help the children in need of nutrients.

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