As a way of supporting Girinka Program that was initiated by the president of the republic of Rwanda Paul Kagame in 2006, 71 cows worth more than Rwf117 million were distributed to residents of Giheke and Nyakarenzo sectors of Rusizi district by BOTHAR organization from Ireland on Tuesday the 12th.Feb.2013.
The poorest people in the 2 sectors chosen by local councils were given expecting cows. The milk collection center in this area was also visited with the people that were given cows to explain to them how to use the milk production well for both consumption and economic purposes as Yohani Mwitende who got a cow explained.
People who were given cows are no longer classified in the poorest class of people because with these cows, their lives will definitely change both socially and economically.
“Getting trained on cattle rearing only is not enough but farmers are given medicine for cows for about 3 months and besides every cell has a technician on animal husbandry to guide them through. These cows will be productive as expected” says Oscar Niyonsaba Rusizi district veterinary doctor.
Andrew Kagabo the coordinator for Girinka Munyarwanda Program asked farmers to take good care of the cows they were given for them to achieve their dreams and development through these cows.
BOTHAR organization from Ireland has already given about 526 cows in Rusizi district and 800 cows all over Rwanda of which 400 have given birth and the off springs given to the neighbours as Girinka program necessitates.