The Minister of Defence, Gen Marcel Gatsinzi today visited the 600 hectares Cassava plantation, an economic activity launched by Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) on 20th November last year, in Bugesera district.
Speaking on the occasion, Gen. Gatsinzi noted that the RDF cassava plantation project serves as an example to Bugesera residents on how they can increase productivity by planting selected crops that can resist dry season.
The Minister further observed that the project is in line with the government policy of land consolidation and increased productivity, self reliance and fight against poverty. He stressed the need for effective, efficient and optimal utilization of military land.
He emphasized that the RDF will continue to engage in similar activities that contribute to the development of the nation as demanded by the national constitution. He cited sericulture, maize, coffee and livestock as some of the e3xamples.
On arrival, the Minister was received by Brig Gen Alex Ibambasi who serves as the J5 and Head of Production Department in the RDF together with RDF agricultural officers.
The cassava plantation project will cost Rwf 200 million.