Some 7,200 people from Gatsibo district, classified under the first and second class of Ubudehe category of the social stratification programme, will benefit from the district initiated banana farming project. The district says that it has started distributing banana suckers to the residents in the 14 sectors that make up Gatsibo District.
Theogene Manzi, the district vice mayor in charge of economic development, told The New Times that the exercise targets people with idle land in order to help them make it productive. Manzi said that while there are several existing projects to assist vulnerable people, the new initiative will help the residents get a stable income: “When we help someone who did not have a monthly income or savings to grow up to 250 banana plants, they will be able to save up to Rwf80,000 every month.”
The exercise, which started on November 6, is communally oriented with local leaders and residents working together in the planting process to improve the welfare of vulnerable people. Under the arrangement, the beneficiaries also get free banana suckers, manure and fertilizers.
Newtimes.co.rw reported that while the local government initiated the project, residents in the district also participated by donating the banana suckers.