On the 8th of July 2016, The World Vision Rwanda Kabuga Area Programme held a farmer's exhibition in Rusororo sector, bringing together more than 300 farmers, both to exhibit their produce and to share best practices.
Kabuga Area programme falls with in World Vision Rwanda's Kigali cluster.
The exhibition featured farmers that have been supported by World Vision through; trainings in better farming methods, provision of seeds, plants, and animals plus taking part in agricultural study visits.
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The main purpouse of the exhibition was to create an avenue for these farmers to showcase how the empowerement they got from World Vision has boosted/ transformed their produce. Some of the agricultural produce displayed included beans, bananas, maize, vegetables, poultry, livestock, and crafts.
Among the best practices displayed included modern animal keeping and rearing techniques for cows and pigs, drip irrigation for tomatoes and other vegeatbles, plus the intergration of savings and loan associations groups (VSLA) among various farmer communities. The guest of honor at the exhibition was the Gasabo District administration direcor
Mr. Ntaganwa Jean Marie Vianney
The guest of honor at the exhibition, Gasabo District administration direcor Mr. Ntaganwa Jean Marie Vianney inspecting the banana produce on display.
49 year old Murekate Odette currently grows baanans on one hectare of land in Rusororo.
Odette is a widow with children, all of who are in school thanks to her banana plantation. She says the trainings and field study visits by World Vision helped her become a bettter farmer, through applying new and improved methods of farming. She currently sells a bunch of her bananas at 6000RWF. Odette says out of the banana, she is able to pay 60000RWF as school fees per term for each of her children, she has been able to build a house and instal electricty in it.
24 year old Bagiramenshi Phenias is new into tomato growing. This is part of his 5 month labour in the bussiness. He displayed a new technique that has worked for him during the dry season, the drip irrigation. Below is how he assembles the drip irrigation system in his garden. 1Kg of his tomatoes goes for 800RWF
The guest of honor at the exhibition, Gasabo District administration direcor Mr. Ntaganwa Jean Marie Vianney inspecting some of the freshian cows on display.