Prospective poverty alleviation in Kayonza district as result of KIIWP in the dairy industry

Prospective poverty alleviation in Kayonza district as result of KIIWP in the dairy industry

Farmers in Kayonza district, Eastern Province, are feeling relieved, counting much milk production owing to the alleviation of water scarcity that used to impede their livestock.

The western province, despite its abundant water resources, faced significant losses due to its drought-prone, long-lasting dry season.

The situation may prompt farmers to relocate their cattle, even long distances, for the sake of water.

Rwanda’s government and IFAD have proposed the Kayonza Irrigation and Integrated Watershed Management Project, which upgrades 15 valley dams and installs 20 boreholes for improved water access.

“Cow breeding has become increasingly important, as people now realize the value of milk sales, which allows them to pay for school fees and support their families.” Felicien Gisagara, a Kayonza farmer, reported that water scarcity could potentially cause cattle death.

He added that implementation of KIIWP significantly impacted the increase in milk production.

The Kayonza Irrigation and Integrated Watershed Management Project-Phase II aims to reduce poverty in drought-prone Eastern Province of Rwanda in nine sectors of Kayonza District.

Benon Gashayija, the Executive Secretary of the Murundi Sector of Kayonza reported that 82% of the residents in his area currently have access to clean water.

Accoring to him, the amount of milk collected by milk collection centers has increased despite the dry season, largely due to the implementation of KIIWP2 solutions.

For instance, the Buhabwa Milk Collection Centre has received more than 10,000 litres of milk, marking the highest increase since the allocation of modern facilities.

Beyond the increase in milk production, social livelihoods were also improved.

Ntabyera Innocent, residing in the Buhabwa cell, shares that they now drink clean water, a change from the previous practice of sharing swamp water with cows.

Water infrastructure has improved cattle health, reducing milk loss, dehydration, and long journeys. Cows also lose weight, leading to insufficient market revenue. Despite limited milk supply during dry seasons, 12,000 liters have been obtained, according to Director Sebudandi Stephan.

Farmers report the project significantly increased milk prices from Rwf150 to Rwf300, indicating a significant impact on the economy.

Farmers and local authorities are committed to establishing a semen storage facility and transitioning to dairy cows to increase milk production.

The KIIWP II aims to enhance the food security and incomes of at least 40,000 rural households, while also enhancing their climate resilience.

The Murundi, Gahini, Mwiri, and Ndego Sectors have received water for cattle and domestic use through the installation of 20 boreholes and rehabilitation of 15 valley dams.

Benon Gashayija, the Executive Secretary of the Murundi Sector of Kayonza

THE RWANDA SUN

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