KAMONYI – Rice farmers’ in Mukunguru marshlands within Kamonyi district have reason to expect reduced costs of rice processing after Nyamiyaga sector got electricity supply.
Members of the rice cooperative say they acquired a Rwf35million loan, to extend electricity to the area, so as to cut down on the costs of transporting their produce to Kigali for processing.
Over 4000 residents are set to benefit from the electricity connection project.
“The power supply project comes as a response to the increasing rice production. If all the processing is done here, this will bring more jobs and local residents can save more than Rwf70million,” said Joseph Kabundi, a cooperative official.
He further revealed that the cooperative has registered an increase in rice output from 500 to 3,000 tonnes per week.
Other officials said the cooperative targets to increase its production capacity to over 4,000 tonnes a week.
Yves Muyange, the Director General of RECO lauded the cooperative for responding to the government plan of extending electricity to rural areas.
He revealed that part of the cost will be offset by RECO.