The Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources has said that it will partner in mobilizing funds to finance women traders in horticulture who have been affected by Covid-19.

Jean-Chrisostome Ngabitsinze, the Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources said that a study carried out in June and August this year found that urban women in horticulture were severely affected by Covid-19 and therefore need support to recover.

“After the study, we are going to mobilize financial resources to support the women. One of the major issues is the incurred losses as vegetables and fruits rot away due to lack of proper storage, handling and cooling facilities,” he said.

He said that women in urban areas could also be supported to exploit tillable wetlands.

“There are tillable wetlands in cities. We are also carrying out a study with Rwanda Environment Management Authority, City of Kigali because some wetlands that were once polluted need to be rehabilitated. The women can group in cooperatives and invest in horticulture in these tillable wetlands,” he noted.

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