Japan Donates Quality Seed Worth U$950,000 To Farmers To Impact Vegetable Production #rwanda #RwOT

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) agreed with the Ministry of
Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) to support the Economic Recovery Plan of the
Government of Rwanda, through the provision of quality vegetable seeds worth US$950,000
to Rwandan farmers as a response to COVID-19 impact on vegetable production.

The support is part of JICA's contribution to homegrown solutions promoted by the Rwandan government and will target vegetable value chains that are subject to price volatility and
are the most purchased in rural and urban markets. Vegetablestargeted include French beans, onions,
tomatoes, carrots, cabbages, green peppers, eggplants, and amaranths. Quality Seeds of these
vegetables will be distributed and cultivated on approximately 2,100ha across the country in 18
districts identified by MINAGRI and RAB (Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development

In order to promote farmers' self-reliance and scale up the benefits of this support, JICA will provide
the seed for one-half of the area farmers intend to grow vegetables and farmers will commit to purchase
the seed for the remaining half, resulting in a total of 4,200ha being cultivated. The beneficiary farmers
will be given technical guidance from extension officers in each district, using the experiences and
technical skills gained through Smallholder Market-oriented Agriculture Project (SMAP)1.

For the last 10 years, JICA has been promoting smallholder market-oriented agriculture across the
country, which has significantly increased farmers' income. Providing quality vegetable seeds to
smallholder farmers, amid the disruption of supply chains caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic,
will contribute to the economic recovery of the country as well as to stabilize market prices for both
rural and urban consumers. Moreover, through this support, JICA and MINAGRI expect to raise
awareness of farmers about the importance of the use of quality seeds for improving the productivity
and quality of vegetables and to maintain and sustain farming businesses.

Source : https://taarifa.rw/japan-donates-quality-seed-worth-u950000-to-farmers-to-impact-vegetable-production/

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