The program was launched on Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 and will also give a chance to the youth to learn various practices in cattle farming that can be profitable.
Some of the products that will be expected to bear profit apart from dairy include horns, hides and other parts that are usually thrown away after slaughter.
It is expected that hides will from now on be used in making car seats for locally assembled Volkswagen vehicles while horns and bones will be used to decorate the vehicles’ dashboards.
Cow fat will be used to make tires and lubricants and the cattle’s bile will be used in making diabetes medicines.
Kampeta Sayinzoga, NIRDA Director General says that the new program aims at helping farmers diversify cattle production through technology.
“The program will include competitions that will grant winners loans with no interest in order to support them in diversifying cattle production.”
Minister of Trade and Industry, Soraya Hakuziyaremye who attended the launch of ‘CowInTheCar’ says that the program comes to support the already existing Made in Rwanda initiative.
“For slaughter houses owners, more profit will be deducted from hides and this will allow Rwanda to stop importing hides from abroad.”
The program also comes as a solution to leather manufacturers who had to order hides from abroad given that hides from Rwanda are not well tanned and processed.
Registration to the program will end on February 10th, 2019.
The program was launched in partnership with the Trade and Development Bank and OCP Africa.