Rwanda signs US$66.5 million deal to develop 5,600-hectare agricultural project in Eastern Province

06.03.2019

The Government of Rwanda, represented by the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) has entered into a joint venture with Netafim, an Israeli irrigation technology firm, for the development of the Gabiro Agribusiness Hub Project (GAHP).

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At the signing ceremony: RDB Chief Executive Officer Clare Akamanzi (left);
Rwanda’s Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources Géraldine Mukeshimana (centre);
and Netafim’s Head of Africa Elad Levi (right). 

The GAHP aims to create a holistic and commercial agricultural ecosystem by developing modern value chain over an area of approximately 15,600 hectares of arable land with advanced water infrastructure, cutting-edge irrigation systems, high-value agro-processing operations and other agricultural technology activities across the value chain. About 50,000 hectares of farmland is irrigated in Rwanda, while the country targets to irrigate 102,284 hectares by 2024.

During the first phase, approximately US$66.5 million will be invested in the project over a period of 18 months to develop 5,600 hectares. The GAHP will support the production of crops for local consumption (staple crops), export and agricultural value-added products such as pastes, powders, oils and beverages intended mostly for export. It will also support local livestock especially in the community irrigation aspect of the project.

“This project will significantly enhance private sector investments in Rwanda’s agricultural sector, mitigate the risks of climate change and food security, contribute to job creation, increase export of value-added products and enhance rural community development and livelihood,” said Clare Akamanzi, RDB Chief Executive Officer.Netafim has successfully implemented the various components of the business model of the GAHP in other parts of the world and we are confident its execution in Rwanda will provide a means to small farmers to use innovative and efficient drip irrigation and fertigation technologies in crop production in addition to averting water scarcity, increasing productivity, incomes and household food security.”

 

 

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