Indian irrigation firm to setup regional base in Kigali

Rwandan farmers will see their yields increase as Jain Irrigation System Ltd, an Indian giant firm that deals in mechanized farming, has finalised plans to extend its services to the region with a base in Kigali. Atul B. Jain, the managing director of the company, announced the developments after a meeting with Agriculture Minister, Dr Agnes Kalibata, and other top government officials at the ministry, yesterday
Atur B Jain of Jain Irrigation System with Minister Dr Agnes Kalibata yesterday. The New Times / T. Kisambira
Atur B Jain of Jain Irrigation System with Minister Dr Agnes Kalibata yesterday. The New Times / T. Kisambira

Rwandan farmers will see their yields increase as Jain Irrigation System Ltd, an Indian giant firm that deals in mechanized farming, has finalised plans to extend its services to the region with a base in Kigali.

Atul B. Jain, the managing director of the company, announced the developments after a meeting with Agriculture Minister, Dr Agnes Kalibata, and other top government officials at the ministry, yesterday

Jain said that he was inspired by the government’s commitment towards developing the agriculture sector, adding that they will continue working hard to ensure that all the drought areas receive water.

“Without water security, there is no food security; therefore it’s imperative for the government to invest in ensuring enough water supply to the farmers,” he said.

In interview with The New Times after meeting, Kalibata said that the arrival of the Indian firm is an opportunity for local farmers and will solve the problem of irregular rainfall that has led to low yields in various parts of the country.

“Irrigation in Rwanda is essential because of the unpredictable rainfall pattern. This is an opportunity for us to have such international firm operating in our country and we think it will also go a long way in ensuring food security,” she said.

eric.kabeera@newtimes.co.rw

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