Published Thursday , on 31 May 2018, 12:32:44 by Jean Claude Muvunyi

Farmers in Rweru sector, Bugesera district say that the new feeder road constructed by European Union support will help them to transport their crops to the market easily. The farmers say it took them up to five hours to transport their products from Rweru to Kigali but thanks to the feeder road, this has reduced to two hours.

EU and MINAGRI officials observing various farming activities in the region

The farmers joined celebrations to mark the end of the EU-funded National Feeder Road Programme with the inauguration of 12.67km feeder road in Bugesera district.

The road connects four villages including Nzangwa-Nyiragiseke -Mugina and Gasenyi.

The Feeder road connects four villages

Farmers who live along this road say that it eased their transport.

Emmanuel Tuyizere grows fruits; he told that he was inspired to start growing fruits after learning that the feeder road will be constructed in his area.

He says; "After seeing this road, I got an idea of doing this professionally. Now I have two hectares which may give me more than 15 millions Rwandan francs. I use fertilizers and irrigating machines which helps me to maximize the yield meeting standards required by those hotels of Kigali."

The EU Ambassador to Rwanda Nicola Bellomo advised the local population to participate in the maintenance of the road in order to safeguard the progress.

The Minister of state in charge of Agriculture, Fulgence Nsengimana thanked the EU as the key partner in the feeder road programme.

The EU-Rwanda partnership in feeder road programme started in 2013 to 2018. So far, the EU has rehabilitated 799.5km out of the targeted 700km and 514.27km were maintained in seven districts (Bugesera, Huye ,Ngoma, Muganga, Ngororero, Rubavu and Rulindo).