The irrigation dam is one of the many expected to be constructed in Rwanda as the country tries to challenge drought, hill terrain catastrophe and salvage subsistence farming.
The 13.50-meter high irrigation dam is under construction at Rwf2billion in Rugende Rwamagana district, Easter Province and will contain 1,350,000 million cubic meters of water that water 385 hectares throughout the year when it is completed late January 2017.
The dam will be a water source for 140 hectares of rice farm, 130 hectares fodder, and 115 hectares for vegetable cultivation.
The new dam is one of the many irrigation schemes that the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources, MINAGRI, is planning to construct under the Rural Sector Support Project (RSSP3). The scheme will cover 400 hectares of land including drainage facilities and other related infrastructure.
RSSP3 farmers are already grouped on a self-support basis so that they better use the dam and reap from it to reduce poverty. The farmers will be equipped with modern farming skills to ensure sustainable and proper use of the marshland.
Francine Tumushime, the project coordinator, said that the project is meant to transform marshlands into cultivatable areas that increase agricultural production.
“We to transform the country’s agriculture sector,” she said.
Rwanda intends to transform agriculture to meet the growing agro-products demand in the country and the region, the irrigations are seen as an alternative to fragmented low-productive farms that don’t consummate the market needs.