MINAGRI coordinates activities related to agriculture and animal resources as well as operations of affiliated institutions including Rwanda Agricultural Board (RAB) and the National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB) among others.
The relocation is part of the City of Kigali urban plan aimed at improving the ecological functioning, aesthetics and recreational potential of the wetlands.
Due to human activities in wetlands including conversion to agriculture, human settlements and commercial and industrial activities, the flood and pollution abatement capacity of wetlands is reduced.
MINAGRI will, therefore, relocate its activities not only in Kabuye but also in several wetlands of the city including marshlands in Gasabo district, Ndera, and Jabana sectors. So far, Jabana SACCO and another house that hosted a rice farmers cooperative have been relocated.
Musabyimana Jean Claude, MINAGRI permanent secretary said that relocation activities from Jabana, Gasabo, and Ndera wetlands will only take three weeks and that the ministry will proceed to relocate its activities from Mulindi marshlands. He mentioned that the only activity that will not be affected by the relocation is silkworm farming.
In order to tackle the problem of flooding and rehabilitating wetlands ecosystem, starting December 14th, 2019, the City of Kigali urged industries operating in the wetlands to relocate their activities. Urban wetland rehabilitation will contribute towards global mitigation of climate change and promote carbon sequestration.
The City of Kigali only counts 7222 activities in wetlands including houses, industrial and trade activities which degrade the wetlands ecosystem. So far, over 3600 properties have been relocated.