Speaking during an orientation meeting with the inspectors on September 16, 2019, the Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Dr. Gerardine Mukeshimana, urged them to critically analyze and make the right reporting of what’s really happening on the ground in a bid to effectively foster the implementation of agricultural policies.
“You’re not implementers; but part of critical evaluators of what’s happening in the field. You’re there to facilitate Rwandan farmers maximize benefits from programs initiated by the government,” the minister told the inspectors, urging them to report on a daily basis.
The newly created positions of the district agriculture inspectors were published in the Official Gazette No. Special of 18/07/2018. Representing the ministry in districts, the inspectors will coordinate the implementation of policies and strategies related to agriculture and animal resources; and disseminate the ministry’s directives, guidelines, and programs to local leaders, agribusinesses, farmers’ organizations, and NGOs.
Among other responsibilities, they will also cooperate and collaborate with all key players in the agricultural sector and work closely with district authorities to enable the smooth running of agricultural activities in the district.