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People working in their rice paddy.
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Bishop Josias Sendegeya addressing the peasants.
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Rice Projected Inaugurated in Kibungo Diocese
by Grace Mugabe
 
RWANDA 060113-1
January 13, 2006

[L'Eglise Episcopal au Rwanda - Rwanda] Local government officials and religious leaders on 7th January launched a rice project in Rwakazuzi Village in the province of Kibungo.

A function was held which marked the installation of a rice machine worth 6,000,000 Rwandan francs. The project was put in place by the Anglican Church Diocese of Kibungo in an attempt to fight poverty in the area.

In his message, the leader of the church in Kibungo region, the Rt. Rev. Josias Sendegeya, told over 500 peasants who came for the function that the project was in their hands and that they should strive hard to make the rice paddy a model in the region.

He said: “We as a Christian organisation decided to install a rice machine after we had learnt that the peasants have the potential to grow various cash crops aimed at uplifting their standards of living.

“And our dream of installing the rice machine in the area has become true; therefore, we hope and believe that the people of God will attain holistic development.” He added that the church was set to stick to government’s developmental programmes aimed at fighting poverty with in the region.

On his part, the director of cooperatives, livestock and agriculture in Kibungo, Supriano Habimana, lauded the church for its role in fighting poverty and noted that church and government should work hand in hand in a bid to develop the welfare of the population.

He hailed the peasants for the great work done and pledged government support in their agricultural activities.

He further urged the local population to improve on hygiene to avoid diseases, such as cholera, which have hit some parts of the country.