In an announcement published on March 23rd, 2020 via Twitter, MINAGRI explained that farming activities must continue to avoid a shortage of food and animal products during the coronavirus outbreak.
Veterinary services, shops selling animal feed, fertilizers and food industries will continue to operate.
Owners of veterinary pharmacies who order medications from Kigali are advised to request for a permit in their respective sectors.
Industries that manufacture animal feed were advised to use limited personnel to curb further spread of coronavirus but keep the supply to farmers flowing.
To guarantee feed safety whilst minimizing risks for infection for customers, suppliers, and employees, feed manufacturers, and ingredient suppliers will request a transportation permit for each delivery.
Fertilizer suppliers are requested to wear protective masks and gloves while serving customers and keep a meter distance between each other.
Trucks carrying fertilizers and liquid nitrogen for animal sperm preservation are instructed not to carry more than two people.
Although farmers will keep working, they were advised to implement hygiene measures and abide by health authorities’ guidance to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Large industries, institutions, and cooperatives which produce tea, sugar, milk, rice, coffee, and flour are advised to limit the number of workers.