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Cattle Farmers to Benefit from Solar-powered Boreholes

03 December 2019

RWANDA - Cattle in Nyagatare and Kayonza districts will no longer face water shortages and death induced by drought thanks to new boreholes run by solar energy.

The development will enable more than 10,000 heads of cattle access to clean water, especially in the dry season, according to the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD).

Eastern Province was in 2017 affected by a severe drought which resulted in the deaths of 2,417 cows in the districts of Kayonza, Nyagatare, Gatsibo, Ngoma, and Kirehe, according to information from the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources.

The water facilities are being built by Rwanda Dairy Development Project (RDDP), which is run by IFAD and the Government of Rwanda.

Overall, 19 boreholes will be constructed under the project – 12 in Nyagatare, and seven in Kayonza according to Michel Ngarambe, Farmers’ Organization Specialist at RDDP under the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources.

He added that the construction of all the boreholes was expected to be completed this December.

François Xavier Uwitonze, RDDP Civil Engineer said that the budget for their construction is estimated at Rwf500 million.

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Source: The New Times

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