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The Rural Sector Support Project's mission is to help the government of Rwanda achieve its strategic goal of revitalizing the rural economy and thereby increasing rural incomes, reducing poverty, and reinforcing national stability
The Government of Rwanda and the World Bank have had negotiations for USD 80 million for the third phase of RSSP. The third phase is expected to start in April 2012 and will focus on marshland rehabilitation and hillside development for agricultural production. This phase is preceded by a very successfully implemented second phase which was completed 10 months before the expected completion date.
Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) organized a one day workshop on rice trade which convened all the players in the rice commodity chain including farmer cooperatives, traders and processors.
The objective was to discuss the issues in the rice trade that have led to the limited availability of Rwandan rice on the local market. In his opening remarks, the Permanent Secretary MINAGRI Mr. Ernest Ruzindaza pointed out that the government has continuously invested in rice production geared towards increasing quality and reducing rice imports and this can only be achieved if the current rice marketing channels are streamlined.
The Vice President for Sustainable Development at the World Bank, Rachael Kyte, on 28th January, visited parts of Gatsibo district, in the Eastern Province of the country, to observe achievements of the LWH-RSSP projects in enhancing agriculture in the area.
She was in the company of government officials, including the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and The governor of the Eastern province, the Coordinator of LWH-RSSP, and several dignitaries from the World Bank.
In line with the ambitious goal of the government to be self-sufficient in Rice production by 2016, the Rural sector support project , (RSSP), a project under the ministry of Agriculture, has earmarked 1750 hectares of marshland in Nyagatare District , Eastern Province for rice Cultivation . The exercise to reclaim the huge chunk of marshland currently going on through the Muvumba marshland rehabilitation project , also referred to as PERIMETER 8, is funded by the World Bank. Of the 1750 hectares, over 200 have been reclaimed and is ready for cultivation, while an additional 750 hectares will be ready for cultivation by January 2012, which marks the start of the Rice Cultivation season B.