Kagame Commissions $9.5m Irrigation Dam in Nyanza
Africa has been left out for more than a century, and it is a sole responsibility of Africans to the continent where others have reached, President Kagame said Friday.
â€œAfrica has been left behind in the last century. It is our responsibility to catch the rest of the world and go even further,â€ he said after commissioning $9.5 million irrigation dam in Southern provinceâ€™s Nyanza district.
The President said that Africa and Rwandans are blessed with young people who can better contribute to the continentâ€™s development, if governments fully empower them.
He cited Rwanda an exceptional example for having young people as the biggest number of her population.
â€œ70 to 71% of Rwandans being below or 30years is a solution not a challenge. We must invest in giving youth opportunities to get and create jobs,â€ he said.
After commissioning the dam that was funded by the World Bank, Kagame told residents of Southern Province that the progress Rwandans have achieved is a result of hard work.
â€œThe progress to date resulted from your hard work. No amount of charity can lead to progress unless it builds on your own work.â€
Nyanza District mayor, Abdallah Murenzi said that the district has rapidly improved its economy, as a result of government support in establishment of development projects.
For instance, he said, the new dam inaugurated is the first of its kind in Rwanda to produce 1.9 million m3 of water to irrigate uphill land.
With Cassava, Maize and Rice grown in both farming seasons due to improved irrigation technology, the mayor said: â€œOur tax revenues have increased to 750 million every year and we expect them to increase soon.â€
However, residents complained to President Kagame that they lack enough milk processing plants to serve a growing production of milk in the district.
Farmers told the President that they have improved milk production from 100,000 to 400,000 to date, but the issue remains of the milk processing plant.
In response, Kagame said, â€œHigh milk production should instead be a solution. As we speak now, delay in shipping equipment is the only issue. I will work with other concerned parties to provide a plant that processes even more than 400,000 litres.â€
The President however reminded residents that â€œOur goal is to lift our country out of poverty and to achieve prosperity.
But this project could not be successful without your participation in guaranteeing security.â€
He challenged Rwandans to engage in production of commodities suitable for international markets.
The 301 uphill land will be used to grow vegetables, according to Jacques Tuyishime, an agronomist at the site.