40 Young Professionals Trained in Irrigation Best Practices

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Over the past two weeks 40 young professionals in the field of irrigation have come together for training on irrigation best practices.

The training is the result of a MoU signed between the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources under the Irrigation and Mechanization Task Force and Kenya under the Ministry of Water and Irrigation.

The training concluded on Friday 18th November , and trainees have been awarded certificates of participation, while trainers have been awarded certificates of acknowledgment .

According to the representative of Public Sector Capacity Building Secretariat (PSCBS), Ms Mugabo Ford Stella the PSCBS will do the best to take the trainings father more by mobilizing fund.

Two irrigation professionals from Kenya are spending six months in Rwanda extending a training model used in their country to give young Rwandan irrigation professionals the technical expertise needed. One of the Kenyan trainers Nicholas Odhiambo an Irrigation Engineer stated, “In Kenya we have the same program for young graduates. The goal is to enable them; they have the theory now they need to learn the practice and put both of these skills towards solving real problems.

The session started last Monday 7th November and concludes on 18th November at La Palisse Hotel, Kigali. By the end of the conference the young agronomists, soil scientists, and irrigation engineers will have an in depth understanding of procedures for planning irrigation projects and surface irrigation techniques. Going forward the MoU calls for more trainings to occur under topics such as crop water requirement, pressurized irrigation techniques, and water availability and reliability of irrigation projects.

While closing officially the training, the Permanent Secretary in MINAGRI Ernest Ruzindaza told the trainees that the irrigation sector in Rwanda needs more experts in the domain. He said “The training was also to equip you with knowledge that would help you to run your own Irrigation companies.” “ Why not some of you may become trainers.” He added.