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Bweyeye Rwanda 2011
Follow-up of the project
June 2011
September 2011
May 2012
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Bweyeye Rwanda 2010 Agriculture


ZIRANDORERA Modeste & GATETE Eustache 

East Province  - District Rusizi -  Sector Bweyeye -    Cell : Kiyabo & Gikungu


  1. 54 members of the cooperative  COPAEPE-Bweyeye  (16  women  and 38 men)
    The population of Bweyeye and the sectors of Butare  (East) and Mabayi  (border Burundi) 

Duration: 3 years
Costs: 1.207.500 RwFr
Contribution beneficiaries: 263.700 RwFr
Requested support from vzw ‘Vleugels van Hoop’ : 943.800 RwFr


The main source of income is agriculture. This means, in order of importance: beans, salt potatoes, bananas, sorgho, manioc, peas, corn and soya.
The daily production is having some problems, not only because of moderate fertility because of the sour sole in Bweyeye but also because of the never-ending re-division of the plots. The poverty of the farmers doesn’t allow them to invest in the improvement of their situation.

Additional negative factors are:

  1. Heavy erosion on the sole because of lots of rain and changeable climate
  2. The exhaustion of the sole and the use of non-adapted fertilizers
  3. The reduction of the area for agricultural use
  4. Shortage on good sow goods
  5. The reducing livestock

All these factors have a too low output as consequence and the agriculture doesn’t fulfil his primary objective, having sufficient food for the population.


The basis of the agriculture project in the Bweyeye sector is the horticulture to support the pig project. This is important for providing food for the farm and the population in general.
On top of the contribution to the national objective of self sustainability related to food, the maracuja, in first place, and other vegetables as roots, tomatoes, onion, cabbage,… play an important role in the country’s economy.
Education on the field is foreseen for the members of the cooperative and the famers, related to horticulture. This could lead to ending the continuous re-dividing of the area and better management of the scares sole.


3.1. General objective

To provide a solid basic knowledge tot the members of the cooperative to:
   Increase quality and quantity of the production
   reduce poverty

3.2. Aimed result

At the end of this project the cooperative should be able to:
- Provide de pig farm with sufficient food and be prepared for unexpected expenditures
- Manage the horticulture
- Distinguish quality sow good from others


4.1. Agriculture farm of the cooperative  (2000 maracuja plants) 

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4.2. Cultures on the farm PIG FARM PROJECT  ( ‘maracuja’)
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4.3. Domain
Frontal view,  the construction and the sweet potatoes (food for the pigs)

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4.4. Germinate area for cabbage, peppers, aubergines and roots

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Well looked after pigs at the families (tenders), member of the cooperative
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4.5.1. The farmers – members of the project
At the families ‘tenders’ ‘s place and at the farm
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4.5.2. The board of the cooperative
Executive and advisory members during a visit of the project

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4.5.3. Expected result for the destitute families

Giving these people a pig helps them in clothing their children and paying the health care.  Also the food problem will be solved.
Additionally the family have organic fertilizers for their fields.

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The agriculture project in the Bweyeye sector has a main objective, giving support to:

  2. The National Plan to fight poverty

This will allow a balance in food, to increase the purchasing power and increase the number of consumers.

This project will indeed deliver a considerable contribution to the Agricultural chain, to increase the purchasing power of the farmers, to fight famine of the population, to create job opportunities (different from the jobs at the fields), and to improve the payment assessment.


Follow-up of the project







Main Activity

Sub Activity



10/February- 15/March 2011

Nursery preparation

-Maracuja(Passiflora edulis
-The carrot (Daucus carota subsp)
- Cabbages(capitata var. alba L., Brassica oleracea var. botrytis)
-Allium polyanthum
-A European eggplant (aubergine)
- Capsicum annuum

- 1 nursery for Maracuja;
- 1 Nursery for Aubergine;
- 1 Nursery for Poireaux;
- 2 Nursery for Cabbages;
- 4 Nurseries for Carrot.
- 1 Nursery for Poivron

For passiflora edulis we have gifted the Nursery through the local government (Sector administration); other Nurseries were pushed well except Capsicum annum(poivron) which was failed to push because of rainfall climate.

20 March-2May/2011

Land preparation for transplanting of nurseries

Cultivation of seeds

- ½ ha of Maracuja was planted with 650 plants of Maracuja;
- ½ha of Cabbages was planted with 6300 plants of cabbages;
- 200m2 of Allium polyanthum was planted with 1000 plants.

The activity through these achievements was done in well collaboration of team members and financials comes from Vleuglen van hoop was helped to the success of these workers at 100%.



2 plugging;
Addition of Chemical fertilizer (N46;0;0)

100Kg of Urea was inoculated in 1ha area.

These activities is continuous because of the climate in which the project is situated, the Urea used was due to the improvement of Nitrogen in order to achieve the success of project.

27/April-12/May 2011

Build for Maracuja riser

Gathering construction tools

Transport of 150 trees of Eucalyptus,
2kg of Nails and wires

This activity is still in working meaning in practices because of these materials needed as trees which ask the authority permission.

16/May- 4/June 2011

Compost preparation with technology

Training for famers and Project members;
Gathering compost materials (.  Crop residue, grasses, and weeds of any kind before seeding, other plant parts, Collect animal manure and urine, Mix the solid cow-dung, the bedding of the shade, en-eaten feed and urine with shovel and pile it up, Collect all the ash available from the kitchen or chicken droppings, local soil and backyard manure or compost from the previous batch, Collect few 2-m tall bamboo/reeds and make the necessary side holes up to 1m height.)

4 composts was done with an amount valued of 300,000Rwf;
- The compost done in Bweyeye agriculture project is heap method.

- The activity is a new activity because it is a technological in order to ensure the season A of 2012 we have prepared this new technology for a better improvement of organic fertilizers.
- Heap method, the components, bottom to top,  are:
- plant herbage (10 cm),
- cow-dung (3 cm),
- ash (~2 cm), and
-  Local soil 10 cm.  


Plantation of agro forestry species.

Making holes

560 of Leucaena leucocephala was planted across the fencing of Project location.

These activities was due to the help of environmental protection and the access was achieved to 80%,
Maintenance of the species is still a continuous work through weeding and other related agriculture workers.

The activities of agriculture project is continuous there is no useless activities and every activity is taken as master to be considerable and we have adopted the technology of compost preparation in order to jump to the organic agriculture which is sustainable agriculture for a better health and we are hope that our endeavor will contribute to the future life of project beneficiaries.
Your support and ideas is considerable and we are waiting your suggestion to wellbeing of agriculture project.


June 2011


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Cabbage plantation in Bweyeye agriculture project supported by Vleugels van hoop (photo taken by Eustache at 23 june 2011)
The picture above shows the stages of cabbages from nursery to the field and the activities are continuing as shown on this picture below of nursery:

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Photo taken by Eustache on 23rd June 2011: This picture shows the nursery situation of cabbages and Allium polyanthum (poireaux) is at the beginning of sowing stage.

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Photo taken by Eustache on 23rd June 2011: The situation of Bweyeye agriculture project in support with Vzw, Daucus carota subsp crop (Carrots) situation on the field(garden)

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Photo taken by Eustache on 23rd June 2011: In support with Vleugels van hoop Bweyeye agriculture project have invested in horticulture crops, from the above picture you’ll find the passiflora edulis crops (maracuja) situation at the field the target of Bweyeye agriculture project is to boost production mainly from horticulture production toward the market, in the below picture you’ll find the whole field of passiflora edulis (maracuja):

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Photo taken by Eustache on 23rd June 2011: in this picture you’ll find some of the beneficiaries exploring the passiflora edulis field and activities done during pitting technics (Maracuja riser).

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Photo taken by Eustache on 23rd June 2011: the above picture shows the situation in the field for the plantation of Allium polyanthum (poirreau), the crop is still young departing to the stage of this with reference to other crops but there are other crops which are still in the nursery due to the climate effect.


Photo taken by Eustache: In environmental protection we have begun to the fencing in order to strength the fencing from this picture you’ll find the situation of agro forestry species (Leucaena leucocephala)
The picture below shows the participation of beneficiaries in the meeting seeking the solution of problems together in a team as friend members of Bweyeye agriculture project with Pig farm project.

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From the above picture the meeting participation of beneficiaries was achieved to a number of 30 members in which the women were 9 whereas men were 21 different suggestions and ideas was taken in consideration in order to improve projects livelihood (agriculture and pig farm projects).

Comments: The agriculture project will cover the risk occurs during the implementation of Pig farm project and with experience comes from pig farm project we are dealing with pig farm project improvement as the second phase of second year.


September 2011

I've been to Bweyeye to prepare the Agricultural season 2012.
We have been able to harvest an area of 1ha of corn.
Thanks to the support of 'Vleugels van Hoop' we can hope on a successful realisation of both projects.
Related to the pig project we can report an increase of 32 piglets.
Related to the agricultural project we can fulfil the food request of the beneficiaries.
The problem of the food for the pig is resolved.

Eustache Gatete


May 2012

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November 2012


  • Reduction of food shortages
  • Hunger
  • Distribute seeds for horticulture
  • Besides horticulture, promote other cultures promote
  • Provide training for the RAB-beneficiaries

Challenges and proposals


Current situation



Continued evaluation of the activities financed by Vleugels van Hoop

Supervision at a distance, because of difficult and expensive transport

Lack of transport en communication

Your economic and mental intervention

Visit on the site

2 Days to get on-the-spot + make a contribution in everyday activities

Lack of material to take pictures

Help to find a digital camera and other necessary material



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