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Estimated R₣4 Trillion Needed to Irrigate Nearly Half Rwanda's Cultivatable Land

Rwanda requires up to Rwf4 trillion to irrigate about 600,000 hectares of land out of estimated 1.5 million hectares of cultivatable land in the country, according to Rwanda Agriculuture Board (RAB).

Currently, the number of farmers using irrigation technology is estimated at 1.1 per cent of the total number of farmers in the country which equals to 75 per cent of the entire population, according Innocent Nzeyimana, head of land husbandry, irrigation and mechanisation at RAB.

Nzeyimana said the recent prolonged droughts in some part of the country is making irrigation the only response to address the effects of climate change.

A'Melody Lee / World Bank

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