Risk Sharing and Cost Benefits Concepts and Practices for maize farmers

22-May-2020 10:03:46

Rwanda Rural Rehabilitation Initiative (RWARRI) through the Farm to Market Alliance (FtMA) organized the meeting on risk-sharing & cost benefits concepts & practices which took place in Kayonza on 18/12/2019 at the Eastern Country Hotel. The training was regrouping cooperative president and Managers for all FtMA partners’ cooperatives from Rwamagana and Kayonza districts. The session brought together 56 participants from cooperatives among which 26 participants from Kayonza and 30 participants from Rwamagana Districts.

During the meeting, the guidelines and presentations were made in Kinyarwanda and the deep analysis conducted on the good agricultural practices as well as the expected changes on a produce once-respected well by the farmers. Five groups discussed on different topics including the following five key points; 

  • Soil conservation and maintenance
  • Soil fertilization
  • Using selected seeds
  • Pests and diseases management 
  • Post-harvest handling and selling 

Participants were requested to discuss; 1) the actual practices at the farmer/cooperative level, 2) the right way practices should be conducted and 3) what should be improved to ensure a high return on investments in agriculture.

The experiences were shared, the examples of success stories presented and discussed how farmers could invest more in good agricultural practices in order to expect a higher income. The exercises conducted together with the participants proved that more investment is the solution to guarantee the higher production and then a high amount of selling which is beneficial to the farmers rather than continue farming the traditional way.

In closing remarks, the WFP Project staff; Marie Rose said that farmers have good experiences to build on and share with others to increase production and gain more money. She emphasized that the refresher training will always be a good reminder of what to do and the updates with new developments in the domain of agriculture.

She also asked the participants to share the skills acquired with their fellow farmers so that to be on the same page and also to ensure high productivity of their farming activities.