RAB Conducts a Training of Trainers on Water Productivity through improved Irrigation scheduling in Rwanda
Musanze, from 31 August to 2 September 2021.
in collaboration with FAO, International Water Management Institute (IWMI), RAB is building capacities of SAIP project staff, irrigation engineers from RAB and District irrigation officers with the aim to provide adequate irrigation advice to small-scale farmers in Rwanda.
The training will contribute to the capacity building of SAIP project staff, including the district agronomists, the district irrigation officers, the district environment officers, and the district representatives of water user associations with the aim is to provide adequate irrigation advice to small-scale farmers.
More specifically, the trainees will be equipped with knowledge and tools that will enable them to provide irrigation scheduling advices for the principal crops in Rwanda that lead to higher crop yields and increased water productivity.
Some of the Topics to be covered by the training include: Extract data from New_LocClim and import/create reference evapotranspiration into BUDGET, Define crop coefficients and other crop parameters in BUDGET, Define soil parameters and create a soil file in BUDGET, Import/create rainfall file in BUDGET, Use BUDGET software to calculate the crop water requirement and generate irrigation schedule And convert irrigation schedule results from BUDGET into irrigation charts and practical information for farmers.
RAB is implementing Small Scale Irrigation Program (SSIT) and for it to be sustainable the training and capacity building of Engineers, Agronomists and Farmers is very essential.