Rwandan forces gear for food security
After succeeding in maintaining peace and security after the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi, the Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) is now set to invest its energy and resources in ensuring food security for all Rwandans.
RDF spokesperson, Brig Gen Joseph Nzabamwita said that the RDF is engaged in comprehensive human security which involves food security.
There is no doubt the country is protected and has security. To achieve our mission we need to work in collaboration with our people”.
So far the RDF is expecting to harvest about 20,000 tons of maize this season in the Military Farm located in Gabiro, in Gatsibo and Nyagatare districts, Eastern province of Rwanda.
Brig Gen Joseph Nzabamwita said that the produce will be bought for Strategic Food Reserve with the extra sold at The EAC Commodities Exchange market.
The Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Agnes Kalibata accompanied with the Minister of defence, Gen James Kabarebe on February 2, 2014 launched the harvest exercise and toured the Gabiro farm.
Gen James Kabarebe said that the maize project was very promising and for its success, he requested for extra combined harvesters and other technical support from the Ministry of agriculture, of which the Minister Kalibata promised full support.
RDF runs other developmental projects including cassava farming in Gako, Bugesera district, cattle farming in Songa and diary in Nyanza district and pigs project developed in Kicukiro district.
During a recent meeting with the RDF senior commanders, President Paul Kagame, also commander-in-chief of the Armed forces, hailed the servicemen and women for staying focused on developmental activities, maintaining peace and security for all Rwandans today.