On the 30th April, 2019, the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources MINAGRI through the Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB), in collaboration with OCP Foundation/Morocco, launches a mobile soil-testing project, entitled CARAVAN Project. The inauguration ceremony of the Caravan project was held at Mulindi Agri-show ground, Gasabo District.
The project is a compact set of mobile equipment embedded with modern soil testing technologies, which will outreach the service to 50,000 ha of pilot zone starting by the Northern-Western Districts of Rwanda, namely Nyabihu, Rubavu, Musanze and Burera.
The CARAVAN project results from the bilateral cooperation between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Government of Rwanda, in a Cooperation Agreement which was signed in November, 2017 between RAB and OCP Foundation, following the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of 20th October 2016 between Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) and Office Cherifien des Phosphates (OCP)-Africa, for industrial investment in blending units dedicated to the production of fertilizers adapted to soil and crop needs.
The project also fits in the Strategic Plan for Agriculture Transformation (PSTA) IV, in the “Innovation & Extension” priority area, and plans, among others, technical assistance for developing site specific fertilizer recommendations, Mobile soil testing equipment/GIS technologies, and updating of soil maps.
The project will be equipped with fixed and mobile soil testing laboratory, two pickups vehicles with motorcycle carriers, and six motorcycles for soil sampling, and various laboratory equipment.