We are very proud to bring to Gabiro advanced water infrastructures, cutting-edge irrigation systems, high-value agro-processing operations and other agricultural innovations. The Rwandan government sees the project as the perfect opportunity to derisk the private sector’s investment in agriculture. It will also attract foreign investments and increase export of high-value crops while improving the livelihood of the local communities.
The first phase covering 5,600 hectares will grow maize, soybeans and high-value crops, and will take 18 months. 70% of the land will be leased to private investors, and 30% is being developed and maintained by the local communities for agriculture and livestock growing. Due to the hilly terrain and limited water resources, we decided to deploy our drip-irrigation systems, which are expected to increase land utilization to a record 93% while decreasing 40% water use.
The Gabiro project will support the production of staple crops for local consumption, export and agricultural value-added products like pastes, powders, oils and beverages intended primarily for export.
Although local communities are not familiar with advanced agricultural techniques, our experts are successfully engaging them to substantially increase employment and better their livelihood. In terms of the socio-economic impact on the local community, the achievements are extraordinary:
With the new sources of income generated and the active involvement of the community, Netafim and the Gabiro project are making a difference in the lives of thousands!