Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday gifted 200 cows to villagers of Rwanda, In his maiden visit to the village. This was a part of Rwanda Government’s Girinka Programme.
The function to gift this cows was held at Rweru Model village, in the presence of Rwanda President Paul Kagame.
Under this programme, the poorest villager of the region gets cows as a gift from the government and they have to gift the first female calf to a neighbor to promote brotherhood.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister appreciated the Girinka programme and President Paul Kagame’s initiative in this regard.
Prime Minister Modi also added that the Girinka programme will transform villages of Rwanda.
The Girinka programme was initiated by President Paul Kagame in response to prevent the rate of childhood malnutrition and to accelerate poverty reduction practice and integrate livestock and crop farming.
Since its introduction in 2006, hundreds of thousands have received cows through the Girinka program.
By June 2016, a total of 248,566 cows had been distributed to poor households. The program has contributed to an increase in agricultural production in Rwanda – especially milk production and products, reduced malnutrition and increased incomes.
After concluding his visit to Rwanda today, Prime Minister Modi will leave for Uganda on a two-day visit.
In the last leg of his three-nation Africa tour, the Prime Minister will visit South Africa to attend the 10th edition of the BRICS Summit which is scheduled to take place Johannesburg.